Dragon Well (Long Jing) is the most famous green tea in China and was a tribute tea for centuries. During the Qing Dynasty, the royal family would drink Dragon Well during the summer and switch to Pu Ehr tea in the winter. While Long Jing originated around Hangzhou City, it is now produced in many provinces resulting in a wide range of quality and flavor. There are thousands of Long Jing teas on the market but we have selected this Long Jing from Xin Chang County in Eastern Zhejiang because of the climate, skilled tea producers, and history. Xin Cang County, is one of the cradles of Chinese Buddhism with over 1,000 years of green tea production history.
In early spring, once tea buds have reached 1/2" tall, they start picking. The picking standard for Dragon Well is 1 bud: 1-2 tender leaves. Once the tea has been picked, processors place it on bamboo trays and wither it for about two hours, to remove some of the grassy smell and enough water to make the leaves soft, ideal for frying. The tea is first fried by machine at a very high temperature, around 390 degrees Fahrenheit (198°C) for about 3-4 minutes to stop oxidation. They give the tea a break before they begin to hand fry it in a wok at 140°F - 190°F (60°C – 90°C) for about 15 minutes. The tea master will use specific hand movements for frying the tea to create Dragon Well's signature flat bookmark shaped tea leaves. The tea is left to sit for about an hour before frying it once more by hand at a slightly lower temperature 140°F - 160°F (60°C - 70°C) for about 20 minutes. During this time, woks are closely watched and controlled by professionals to make sure the tea does not burn.
There are two styles of Dragon Well. One type is more yellow, preferred by the Chinese, and is made by hand frying an additional time, giving the tea a more roasted flavor. The other is greener, which is what we carry. This allows you to enjoy the lightly chestnut and floral aroma and wonderfully complex taste, the signature of true Long Jing.
◆ Origin: Xin Chang County in Eastern Zhejiang, China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: light aroma with a hint of freshly cut grass. Pale yellow, green liquor. Natural smooth vegetal taste.
◆ Notes & Well Being: detoxed, energised, refreshed, with low caffeine.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
175°F - 185°F
3 - 4 Minutes