Long Jing Dragon Well is China’s most famous and desirable tea. It is well known for its flat-leaf appearance, pleasant jade green color, leafy aroma and roasted nutty taste. The handling of this ancient tea still preserves the traditions of the Tang Dynasty with over 1000 years of history. Often the choice for state events and dignitaries this was the tea served to Richard Nixon during his famous meeting with Mao Zedong. (Our Dragon Well tea not only comes from Long Jing valley but our tea farmer’s fields are located in Hangzhou’s tea-elite West Lake region. It has only been within the past few years that this tea farmer has been able to sell his tea outside of the circle of government officials to which he supplies). We are very proud to offer this exquisite Long Jing West Lake Dragon Well tea chosen from the Lion Pick and harvested the second week in April. This is serious tea!
Xi Hu – West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
It is known for its flat-leaf appearance, pleasant jade-green color, wonderful leafy aroma, and roasted nutty taste.
Long Jing Dragon Well tea has a complete history of its own. Dating back to the Tang Dynasty. It is China’s most popular tea. There are many Dragon Well teas available on the market, however, the only true Dragon Well tea is grown in the Long Jing valley just outside of Hangzhou. We were fortunate enough to leave bustling Hangzhou behind and spend time with the tea farmer and his family in the valley where the dragon well tea is farmed. The tea farmers in the valley form a lottery every 30 years. The different harvest sites are put into a pot and each farmer draws a plot that he will farm for the next 30 years. The farmer we visited has been farming the “lion pick” which is the top grade of tea grown in the valley. After picking, this tea is left to rest overnight and then hand roasted in large electric woks. The highest quality of Dragon Well is that which is picked prior to the Chinese Festival Qing Ming on April 5th. It commands a very high price and is available only to government officials and those who have connections. It has only been within the past few years that this tea farmer has been able to sell his tea outside of this circle. We are very proud to offer a very fine quality Long Jing Dragon Well tea picked the second week in April.
- Start with your favorite spring or filtered water. Heat the water to between 160 F and 180 F,
- Use a teaspoon (3g) for a 6oz serving. Please note, for denser teas this is about 1 teaspoon; for larger-leaf teas this could be up to 2 tablespoons.
- Steep for 1-3 minutes. Experiment with steeping times, amount of tea and water temperature to personalize your tea experience. Rely on taste, not color. Lengthen subsequent steeping times for additional infusions.