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Dragon Well (Lung Ching)


Dragon Well, in all its various grades, is known for 4 characteristics: a jade-like color, vegetative aroma, chestnut-like flavor and a feather-like shape.  It is perhaps the best known of the Chinese teas.  Our Lung Ching is a standard grade showing fresh green coloration, hints of golden yellow and leaves of varying sizes.  It is grown in the Hangzhou area, harvested in mid-April, in a township well-known for its Dragon Well production, which, for the most part, is consumed in the domestic market.  To gain its classic leaf shape, the leaves are firmly pressed with the heal of the hand against the surface of the roasting wok. This firing process, using just a small amount of tea oil, results in a rich-green leaf color that is tinged with a yellow-gold color. Harvested April 2018.   Lot # S8

Why we selected this particular lot.  Each year in the second week of April, we travel to a local factory for our annual Dragon Well tea tasting. As the factory specializes in Long Jing, they work toward a standard year-to-year in their tea.  The taste profile tilts toward what the domestic China market enjoys and we have come to appreciate that profile as well.  This lot is fresh, the firing even handed and not too high - the resulting taste is crisp, vegetal and nutty.  There is nice tension between sweet and astringent notes in this tea.

Interesting facts about this lot.   This lot is produced more to a local custom than most of the Dragon Well exported from China.  The leaves were harvested in the third week of April.  For Dragon Well's generally, China became comparatively warm with temperatures in the high 20s Celsius making the leaves bolt or grow too large, too fast.   

Tasting notes.  The aroma is vegetative and sweet.  Steeped for 2-3 minutes, the cup color is green-yellow reflective of the strength of the leaf.  The taste is clearly vegetal with a  nice flavor of chestnuts that will warm.   It has a nice long finish.

Brewing suggestions.  Given its quality, we recommend using 3 grams of leaf per 8-12 ounces of water.  Steep with water temperature of 175-185 degrees F.; steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Longer steep times will yield a stronger cup taste, more flavors with some increase in the tea's astringency or "bite".  Drain the leaves, leave them dry and save them for additional 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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Each leaf is fired in a wok by skilled, calloused hands pressing the leaf to its characteristic shape.

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  1. the basic grade of Dragon Well tea is excellent. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2018

    I have been drinking this grade of Dragon Well tea for years and have always enjoyed it. It is consistently flavorful and is a good bargain. At times I but more expensive teas for a treat but always return to Dragon Well. It is never disappointing.

  2. Great taste--great value. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2018

    While I enjoy many of the Silk Road teas, the Dragonwell is by far my favorite. Flavorful, but not too sweet or vegetal for my taste. A great morning cuppa!

  3. Lung Ching Dragonwell 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Mar 2017

    Great green tea at a great price slight grassiness an every day tea that I have enjoyed for years. Ordering again. Ext week

  4. Consistently Good 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Aug 2016

    Been drinking Dragonwell since we visited China in 2008. Only reason it's not 5 star is because we can't afford the top grade which we know is 5 star. So maybe we are drinking 4 star at less than half the price.

  5. Great everyday green tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jun 2016

    Fresh grassy greens taste that isn't unpleasant. Lovely golden green tint. The leaves opened up beautifully in my tea pot, couldn't stop admiring and smelling them. I'm considering using the left over leaves (after the second steep) for warm baths or compost.

  6. Are you a tea snob? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2015

    Unless you want to brag about the price of your tea or have van unbelievably discerning palate, this tea is indistinguishable from the so called First Grade....in my personal opinion

  7. A Positive Surprise 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Aug 2014

    While waiting for our regular Lung Ching to arrive we ordered this as an alternative. Pleasantly different and a light true "nutty" flavor.

  8. Strong taste 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jul 2014

    Has a great rich and strong nutty taste

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