Dragon Well, Lung Ching, has a rich and long history of cultivation and may well be the most famous tea in the world. Highest grade lots are plucked early in the spring with much anticipation among lovers of tea. Its exquisite taste highlights why it is much sought after and recognized as one of China’s elite Tribute Teas. Dragon Well dates its place in tea history to the Qing Dynasty, first enjoyed by the emperors Qianlong and Kangxi. Today classed as the “national drink” of China, it is hugely popular in China’s domestic market, with highest grades fetching, at times, astronomical prices. Artisanal crafted in the traditional manner by firing in a wok, this lot is an excellent choice as an everyday tea, always an invigorating beverage and it goes well with food; or, serve it after a meal as a digestive. Harvest date: April 2020.
Our Dragon Well is sourced in Zhejiang Province from a cooperative of farms and producing factory. Factory makes a distinctive local version of this tea with an unusually fresh or "crisp" note on the palate. The cultivation of this local cultivar has developed a taste profile we find honors the finest traditions of this tea. The leaves are handcrafted in a wok to a traditional appearance - jade green with golden touches. Lot # Song – April 2020
Grown organically, this lot was harvested early in the second week of April 2020 as the tea harvest moved quickly from early pick to second pick with warming temperatures. Grown in Zhejiang Province, well outside the urban area and the effects of its factory belt, the leaves are small to medium in size. Note the light "fuzz" on the leaves and the unmistakably delicious aroma that supports its fresh taste. This green has been carefully processed preserving the best qualities of the cultivar.
Crisp, roasted and holding a rich vegetal aroma. Taste is sweet and fresh, with soft, nutty, chestnut-like notes. Cup liquor is green-yellow and clean. In the finish, you will find the hints of roasted chestnuts, lightly sweet flavors and this will linger.
We suggest using 3 grams of leaf (a tablespoon) for 8 ounces of water. Best if the water temperature is well below boiling, 185 – 195 F, is about the range. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. All the taste notes should be open at this stage. For a stronger cup, steep closer to 3 minutes and enjoy. Leaves will provide multiple steeps.