Long Jing (Dragonwell)
This tea is certified organic at the source. Its from the Chinese province of Zhejiang. The flat and smooth tea leaves, resembling pine needles, brew a tea with light green colour, a subtle fragrant scent, and a refreshing chestnut taste.
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Taste & Appearance
Light yellowish green infusion
Time of Day & Caffeine Level
Low in Caffeine
3-4g in a teapot, use boiled water cooled to 80°C. Infuse for 2-3 minutes
This is one of China’s top 10 teas, and is considered the best by many devoted to green tea, its traditionally a tribute tea given to Emperors. Famous for its high level of anti-oxidants, we bring you this green tea from Hangzhou, the 'tea capital' of China. Soft and fresh flavoured, this Long Jing green tea is excellent for everyday drinking.
Long Jing tea leaves are lightly oxidised and pan fired to stop oxidation. When steeped, the tea produces a yellow-green colour, a gentle, pure aroma, and a rich grassy chestnut flavour. The tea contains Vitamin C, amino acids, and the highest concentration of catechins among teas. The name of this tea literally means 'dragon well', a well that contains relatively dense water, and after rain the lighter rainwater floating on its surface sometimes exhibits a sinuous and twisting boundary with the well water, which is supposed to resemble the movement of a traditional Chinese dragon.
San being taught the art of picking Long Jing. It is only a single bud with one or two leaves that makes the grade for this high grade Long Jing.
The Dragon Well
Its still considered lucky to wash your hands in the water of the Dragon Well
The Myths of the Dragon Well
A myth surrounds the name of Dragon Well given to Long Jing tea from Hangzhou. The myth states that a great drought took place in the mountainous area of China’s Lion Peak in Hangzhou in 250A.D. The drought was causing the tea crop to fail for that year but there was no rain and all hope seemed lost. A monk desperate for a cup of tea travelled across a mountain risking his life to beg the dragon that lived there to help. The monk pleaded with the dragon for the rain that would save the tea crop. Thankfully the dragon agreed to help and granted the monk’s wish by bringing many rain clouds. The clouds opened and the tea crop was saved by the glorious rainfall. After the rainfall a spring was formed that has never dried up. This spring is where Dragon Well gets its name from.
Tribute Teas – Long Jing was given Imperial Tea Status during the Qing Dynasty by Chinese Emperor Kangxi. This happened with his grandson Qianglong visited Shi Feng Shan. He travelled to the Lion Peak Mountain where he visited the Hu Gong Temple and was presented with a cup of Long Jing tea. After tasting the tea he was so impressed that he rewarded the 18 tea bushes the tea had come from with special imperial status. The trees still exist and the tea produced from them is sold annually gram for gram more than gold.
The shape of the tea – There are a few variations on the story surrounding how Long jing gained its flat shape. The one I have most commonly come across follows Emperor Qianglong (third emperor of the Qing Dynasty). He travels to Shi Feng Mountain and after watching others pick the tea he decided to pick some himself. While picking the tea he received news that his mother was ill and that he must return to Beijing immediately. In his haste he placed the newly picked leaves in his sleeve. Upon returning to his mothers bedside she smelled the leaves and enjoyed the taste of the brewed tea so much the tea was given Imperial Status. Long Jing tea leaves are now made to mimic the flattened leaves Qianglong found in his sleeve.