Dragon Well - Long Jing - First Grade

Toasty, sweet and enlivening.

Our first grade Dragon Well is harvested in the "before the rain" period of April. In our search for this prized tea, we apply 3 criteria: consistency in leaf size, shape and coloration; aroma - fresh and toasty; taste - nutty & sweet. A "famous tea", as it was long a treasured gift to emperors, our "Long Jing" is crafted with first-grade leaves, consistent in "feather-shaped" size and golden-jade appearance. Tea was harvested April 2019. Lot#1.  

Lot Notes
A signature spring tea, we look for a Dragon Well that brings unusual aromas and flavors to the cup. Our source is a small factory in Shen Zhou county, outside Hangzhou that specializes in Dragon Well production. Their teas are made from a local varietal offering taste qualities we find distinctive and enlivening. Cupped - this lot provides a fresh, vibrant taste, pleasantly vegetal and sweet yet with well-crafted green tea edge. This tension between leaf sweetness and an underlying hint of astringency shows its remarkable balance of sweetness and strength.  Aroma is vegetal and nutty. Grown on a farm at an elevation of approximately 850-900 meters.
 
Tea Facts
Longjing is known for 4 qualities: singular shape, jade-like color, toasty-vegetative aromas and naturally sweet flavors. This is a small production lot representing one day's harvest. It is grown on a farm in Shen Zhou county, outside Hangzhou and processed at a local factory that specializes in Dragon Well. The leaves for this lot were harvested the second week of April 2019 (Gu Yu pick). 
  
Tasting Notes
 An early season pluck, the leaves are high in amino acids creating a savory umami flavor and refreshing tender sweetness. Cups to a nutty liquor with chestnut overtones, while enlivening the palate with just a hint of green tea astringency. Note the mouth feel is sweet and enlivening with some very slight puckering. The aftertaste is well-balanced offering sweet and vegetal notes. 

Brewing Suggestions
Use 3 grams (a round teaspoon) for up to 8 ounces of water. Perhaps 4 to 5 grams using 12 ounces of water. It is important that your water is either spring in origin or, at least, filtered. We recommend a brief steeping, 1 to 1.5 minutes, to enjoy the subtle qualities of the leaf. Optimum water temperature is between 175 to 195°. The leaves will yield 3 steeps.

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Item Number:
G-DW-1-9
Type:
Green
Province:
Zhejiang
Pinyin:
Lóngjǐng-dì yī děng 龙井-第一等
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  • 5
    Great Tea

    Posted by Barbara C. on 16th May 2019

    I am a lover of Dragon Well and brew a small pot every day. I love this one and think it's one of the best - buttery and smooth with a hint of nuts. Perfect.

  • 5
    Spectacular Tea

    Posted by Barbara C. on 7th May 2019

    Dragonwell is my favorite green tea and this one is among the very best I've tasted. It is so smooth and buttery with a hit of nutty flavor and a long finish. It is a real treat to make a small pot, sit back and savor. Highly recommended!