Dragon Well - Long Jing - First Grade

Distinctive, enlivening flavors to your cup

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 vegetal; taste - nutty with a sweet finish. One of China's "Famous teas", it was long a treasured gift to emperors. our "Long Jing" is crafted with first-grade leaves and pan-fired to a flavor profile offering crisp, fresh notes and a nuanced finish. Tea was harvested April 2020. Lot#1.  

Lot Notes
A signature spring tea, we look for a Dragon Well bringing distinctive flavors to the cup. Our source is a small factory in Shen Zhou county, outside Hangzhou specializing in Dragon Well production. Made from a local cultivar, the leaves have developed distinctive taste qualities that are enlivening. Wok-fired leaves open to fresh, pleasantly vegetal flavors with a well-crafted green-tea edge. This tension between sweetness and an underlying hint of astringency attests to the skill of the teamaker. Aroma is decidedly vegetal and nutty. 
Tea Facts
Long Jing 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 2020 (Gu Yu pick). 
Tasting Notes
An early season pluck, the leaves are high in amino acids contributing to its savory flavor; one will note a fresh green edge openng to a refreshing & lingering sweetness. Cups to a nutty liquor with chestnut overtones. Note the mouth feel is sweet yet offering some natural puckering. The aftertaste is balanced, ending in sweet and vegetal flavors. 

Brewing Suggestions
Use 3 grams (a round teaspoon or tblspn) for up 7-8 ounces of water. Perhaps 4 to 5 grams (one tblspn) for 12 ounces of water. It is important your water is either spring in origin or, at least, filtered. We recommend a brief steeping, 1.5 minutes to 2 minutes max 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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  • 4
    Dragonwell-Long Jing-First Grade

    Posted by Deren Ross on 14th Feb 2020

    Great tea! I've been a customer for several years and I've always found SRT to offer excellent quality tea. The Dragonwell-Long Jing - First Grade is my all-time favorite green tea.

  • 5
    Dagon Well-Long Jing-First Grade

    Posted by Ron Reagan on 8th Jan 2020

    Love the tea. Excellent

  • 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!