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 local 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 2022. Lot #1.
Lot Notes. We purchase our Dragon Well from a local factory specializing in the production of Long Jing. As they sell primarily in their region, they work toward a production standard appealing to the local taste profile for this tea. This lot has depth in flavor and aromas; the firing temperature was not too high with the result the taste is crisp, vegetal and nutty. There is nice tension between sweet and astringent notes.
Tea Facts. This lot is produced more to a local custom than most of the Dragon Wells exported from China. 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.