Dragon Well - Long Jing

Clean vegetal flavor, toasty, naturally sweet notes

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 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 2021. Lot # 2.

Lot Notes
Each year in mid-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 of local taste profile for this tea. The taste tilts toward what the domestic China market enjoys. 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.

Tea Facts
This lot is produced more to a local custom than most of the Dragon Well exported from China. Dragon Well is wok fired.  There are numerous local cultivars of this tea. Grading of this tea is determined by appearance and degrees of flavor. The leaves were harvested in mid-April.   

Tasting Notes
The aroma is vegetative and sweet.  Steeped for 2 minutes, the cup color is green-yellow, reflective of the strength of the leaf. The taste is clearly vegetal with a flavor of chestnuts that will warm and a hint of astringency, a traditional style of Dragon Well. Offers a quenching, lingering finish.

Brewing Suggestions
Given its quality, we recommend using 3 grams of leaf (round teaspoon) per 7-8 ounces of water.  Steep with water temperature of 185-195 degrees F.; steep for 2 to 2.5 minutes. Longer steep times will yield a stronger cup taste, more pungent flavor 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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Lóng jǐng 龙井
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Vegetal & nutty
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  • 5
    Dragonwell green tea

    Posted by Tim Clark on 23rd Oct 2020

    Great dragonwell! I have been drinking dragonwell every day for about 20 yrs. Due to the pandemic, I am unable to get it at the store where I had a good supply. I have tried several tea companies and Silk Road has the best! Thanks Silk Road, you saved me during this rough time!

  • 4
    Dragon well

    Posted by James Twidwell on 18th Mar 2020

    Always a good tea. Very hearty. I fast a few days a week and when I drink this for breakfast this tea sustains me like a vegetal soup.

  • 4
    Dragonwell Tea

    Posted by Barbara C. on 20th Feb 2019

    This is a lovely tea, fresh and fragrant. I like to drink mine strong so I steep it for longer than most, but the taste is delightful, smooth and lingering.

  • 4
    Dragon Well (Lung Ching)

    Posted by Deren Ross on 25th Jan 2019

    I normally drink the premium grades of Dragonwell and decided to try this one. I found it to be very good (smooth-vegetal) and considerably easier on the wallet.

  • 4
    the basic grade of Dragon Well tea is excellent.

    Posted by Cary 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.

  • 5
    Great taste--great value.

    Posted by maureen 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!

  • 5
    Lung Ching Dragonwell

    Posted by beachcombers 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

    Posted by Ed 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

    Posted by Ai R. 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.