Longjing Tea – Organic Loose Dragonwell Green Tea
Dragon Well tea known as Longjing 龍井 in Chinese is one of the most popular and famous teas produced in China. Dragon Well originated in the West Lake area of Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. Legend says that Emperor Qianlong visited the Hu Gong temple of West Lake where he was served Longjing tea produced from the temple’s tea bushes. Qianlong was so impressed by the aromatic Dragon Well tea that he gave the tea bushes imperial status, and to this day tea produced from those bushes are auctioned at prices higher than than their weight in gold.
Emperor Qianlong on the hunt (~1787)
Dragon Well tea leaves are harvested in the spring. The green tea is produced by dry frying small batches of the flat leaves in fired woks. Unlike fermented black and oolong teas, green and white teas are heated early in the process to denature enzymes in the leaves that lead to fermentation. Dragon Well tea is high in catechins, the healthy phenolics found in green teas, Vitamin C and amino acids.
The unfermented flat leaves of Dragon Well are said to resemble sword blades and tend to be bright to medium green in color. Dragon Well is best steeped 2-3 minutes in water under boiling temperatures around 180° F (82° C). When brewed Dragon Well tea has a yellow-green color, a smooth and mellow flavor with a hint of roasted chestnuts that finishes on a bittersweet note. Dragon Well is an excellent beverage during moments set aside for reflection and contemplation.
- Grassy & smooth
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