Our Long Jing (Dragonwell Green) is made from a delicious small leaf variety (Xiao Ye Fuding) plucked from 40-year-old bushes in the Wuyi area of Zhejiang.
Our Long Jing is very early first flush tea picked in early March which is nearly a month before the Qing Ming festival. The tea is from 40 year old tea bushes growing in the Wuyi region of Zhejiang (not the same as Wuyi mountains in Fujian). If you would like to watch us taste the Long Jing from these fields then check out this video (the flavour profile is very similar):
This is China's most famous Green tea. While trends are moving towards 'fresher' tasting Long Jing, the teaheads out there know that the trademark 'roasted bean' flavour is a necessary component of any quality Long Jing. This Long Jing is made from the Xiao Ye Fuding cultivar which sits at this lovely balance point between the bright and uplifting aromatics of fresher Greens with that deep roasted bean flavour of the traditional Qun Ti Zhong Long Jing. The sweetness in the finish is something special!
Authentic Long Jing tea (otherwise known as Dragonwell) must be grown in Zhejiang province. If it is grown anywhere else then it is considered a fake (much like champagne). Every year we taste many samples of Long Jing to find our batch for the year. For the past couple of years, we have selected a tea from outside the West Lake area because we feel that it has a much higher quality compared with the West Lake tea.
Qing Ming is a traditional day for paying respects to ancestors and clearing their graves. It is a public holiday in China (and Taiwan) and falls on the first day of the fifth solar term which equates to fifteen days after the Spring Equinox which is usually the first week of April. Any tea picked before this date is very early Spring picked and is called Pre Qing Ming.
This is a Pre Qing Ming tea picked in March giving a lightness and delicacy combined with a powerful fragrance and taste. Any Pre Qing Ming tea from Xi Hu (West Lake) is exorbitantly expensive and whilst it is often excellent tea, we felt that this field won out in terms of flavour and we are not paying the extra price tag for the name of Xi Hu.
Please note that you may find white yellow fur on the tea and little balls of fur in the tea. This is NOT mold but is tea fur showing that the tea is a very early spring tea - it demonstrates the quality of this Long Jing.
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