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Dragon Well - 2nd Grade Organic


Dragon Well, Lung Ching, has a rich and long history of cultivation and may well be the most famous tea in the world. Best lots are plucked early in the spring harvest with much anticipation among lovers of tea as to quality. Its exquisite taste highlights why it is much sought after and recognized as one of China’s elite Tribute Teas. Dragon Well dates its place in tea history to the Qing Dynasty, first enjoyed by the emperors Qianlong and Kangxi. Today classed as the “national drink” of China, it is hugely popular in China’s domestic market, with highest grades fetching, at times, astronomical prices. Artisanal crafted in the traditional manner by firing in a wok, this lot is an excellent choice as an everyday tea, always an invigorating beverage and it goes well with food; or, serve it after a meal as a digestive.  Harvest date: April 2018.

Why we selected this lot. Our Dragon Well is sourced from a farm and cooperative factory, in Zhejiang Province, producing a distinctive local version of this tea with an unusually fresh or “crisp” note on the palate. Over the years, the cultivation of this varietal has nurtured and developed a distinct taste profile we find honors the finest traditions of this tea. The leaves are handcrafted and traditional in appearance and standard, an attribute we encourage and support. Lot # Song – April 2017.

Interesting facts about this lot. Grown organically, this lot was harvested early in the second week of April 2018 as the tea harvest was slowed by unseasonably cold weather. Grown in Zhejiang Province, well outside the urban area and the effects of its factory belt, the leaves are small to medium in size and show classic colors of jade green and rich, yellow-golds.  Note the light "fuzz" on the leaves and the unmistakably delicious aroma that supports its fresh taste. This green has been carefully processed preserving the best qualities of the varietal.  

Taste profile. Crisp, roasted and holding a rich vegetal aroma.  Taste is sweet and fresh, with soft, nutty and floral notes. Cup liquor is green-yellow and clean. In the finish, you will find hints of roasted chestnut and peas and it will linger.

Brewing suggestions. We suggest using 3 grams of leaf (a rounded teaspoon) for 8-12 ounces of water. Best if the water temperature is well below boiling, 185 – 195 F, is about the range. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. All the taste notes should be open at this stage. For a stronger cup, steep closer to 3 minutes and enjoy. Leaves will provide multiple steeps.


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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Dragon Wells are rated by the uniformity of leaf size and appearance.

The slight sheen on the leaf is the trace of tea oil used in the wok.

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  1. great tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jul 2018

    I try to purchase and use only organic green teas. Silk Roads has a fair selection and I believe I have tried them all. My favorite due to flavor and price is the organic Dragon Well, I use it for hot as well as iced.

  2. Good Organic Green Tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jan 2017

    For healthy living reasons, several years ago I switched from coffee to green tea and, happily, I've never looked back. Wanting to take it a step further, I thought i should look for an organic green tea but, until recently, organic green teas were hard to find. As a regular SRT Dragon Well and Silver Needle customer, I was very happy to see SRT offering an "organic" Dragon Well green tea. Yahoo! I've been enjoying this tea for the past month. It's grassy, nutty, full bodied, and organic ( a higher standard)…everything a passionate green-head would want.

    This is a very good tea.

    Drink well (DWO),

    Deren Ross
    Auburn, CA

  3. Wonderful Organic Dragon Well 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Aug 2016

    This tea has the most delightful taste. The flavor is subtle and I find it revives me more than other drink. I particularly enjoy it in the morning when my taste buds are wide open.

  4. Not what I was accustom too ... 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Jul 2016

    I used to buy this Long Ching tea from another store but they no longer carried it (which was a huge disappointment) and ... here goes the beginning of my relationship with Silk Road Teas. I started with this grade and albeit the cost was lower than what I used to buy, it was also nothing like I remembered of the taste of Dragon Well, a tea that was an experience for me at every cup.
    This one is however not bad but and I would qualify it as average. Indeed, an every day tea, good for a mid-morning cup. It has that pleasing green color alright. If you seek an introductory experience, this may be for you. As for me, will try the first grade next.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

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...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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