Dragon Well or “Long Jing” is one of the most beloved teas in the world. Known for its toasty chestnut overtones, this tea is carefully picked just before the spring. Afterwards, it is pan-fired delicately to produce an incredibly balanced tea.
This tea has a soft and creamy texture, yet still captures the brisk and umami notes of a green tea. Sourced from the Xihu area of Zhejiang Province, it is difficult to match the quality of this widely sought-after tea that carries a slightly astringent and saccharine finish.
Our batch of Long Jing was picked on March 15, 2022, and for fresh green teas, it is important to look out for the date of picking to ensure its optimal freshness.
Sourcing Long Jing can be a tricky business and making sure that the product comes from the Xihu area can spell the difference between a mid-tier and high-quality Long Jing tea. Fortunately, this fresh Long Jing comes from Xihu, and tasting the bright, sweet, nutty notes along with its rich texture showcases its quality. The most popular story as to why the tea is called Long Jing (literally translating to Dragon Well) is that a certain well in the Xihu area contains mineral-rich water (which in locals say is the best water to make Long Jing) that almost seems thicker than your average water. Whenever it would rain and the rainwater falls into the well, the less dense rainwater would swirl and form shapes of moving dragons.
As this is a fresh tea, there is no need to do any tea rinse – the very first infusion may be drunk immediately. Taste this incredible batch and see why this tea is one of the most popular in the world.
Traditional Name: 龍井 [Pinyin: Lóng Jǐng]
Origin: Xihu District, Zhejiang Province, China
Varietal: Qun Ti Zhong
Harvesting: Bud and first two leaves • March 15, 2022
Processing: Rapid pan-roasted by hand
Wet Leaf Aroma: Edamame • Pecan • Chicken Broth
Tea Liquor Color: Bright gold
Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy
Finish: Lightly Astringent • Saccharine (Vanilla) • Crisp
Body Sensation: Uplifting