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Dragon Well green tea, or Long Jing as it is known in China, is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas, and is often served to visiting head's of states. While TeaVivre's second Long Jing tea is not quite in the same league as our premium grade LongJing, it is still a fantastic tea, and one that we drink every day in our office.
With a history stretching back over 1,200 years, XiHu Long Jing tea (literally Dragon Well tea from West Lake) is perhaps the most delicious, and definitely most renowned, green tea produced in China. It was famously presented to Richard Nixon when he visited China in the 60's. Apart from an amazing sweet taste, with no bitterness that sometimes characterises other green teas, XiHu Long Jing's significant difference to other green teas is its smooth flat appearance when dry. TeaVivre have found this excellent Long Jing, that combines a great taste at an unbeatable price point, letting you enjoy it every day.
Second only to white teas, green teas such as TeaVivre's XiHu Long Jing, have high levels of antioxidants and other natural chemicals that reputedly help reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging. Also high in vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, they also promote healthy teeth and bones.
Long Jing tea is also widely renowned in China as a good tea to help calm the mind, cheer you up and clear your thinking.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Tea Health benefit.
Like all Green Teas, our Long Jing should only be brewed in clean, mineral free, water around 176 ºF (80 ºC) for about 1 to 2 minutes, and can be infused 3 or 4 times.
It is best brewed directly in a white ceramic cup or clear glass. This lets you enjoy the slowly changing shape of the leaves as they slowly absorb water while brewing.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on Brewing Chinese Dragon Well Green Tea.
Just like our premium grade Long Jing, this tea comes from the tea source from XiHu area which is famed in China for producing the best Long Jing teas, and is in an area with a mix of mountains, forests, small creeks and quality tea gardens. As the origin of XiHu Long Jing, the tea producers in this area strongly recognise the importance of the ecology to their tea, and work hard to preserve both the local tea culture and natural environment.
This Long Jing Tea is from Mr. Kong who has been engaged in tea field for more than ten years. He focus on providing high quality teas to tea lovers all over the world and always produces more and more natural, safe and healthy teas including the Green tea we choose : Liu’an Guapian, Huang Shan Mao Feng, Xin Yang Mao Jian and Tai Ping Hou Kui.
Mr. Kong elaborated his feeling about the tea culture: Tea Culture is a general concept which is different for people in different area. Although it is complex but there’s one thing that can be sure, that is the same as manage the enterprise, tea culture also needs management along with its quick development in the modern world.
XiHu Long Jing – West Lake Dragon Well green tea – has a long, distinguished, history of over 1,200 years. During the Ming Dynasty, it became very popular and was listed as one of the top grade teas in China. During the reign of Emperor Shunzhi in the Qing Dynasty his love for the tea meant that it was frequently presented by petitioners as a royal tribute.
After the founding of the PRC, Long Jing tea was divided into three categories - “Lion Peak Long Jing”, “Mei Jia Wu Long Jing” and the premium “XiHu Long Jing” that TeaVivre sell. In 1996 the West Lake village of Hangzhou city was recognized by the government as the hometown of Long Jing tea. In recognition of the value and quality of this tea, and the importance of the environment and culture in it's production, the government introduced special protection for this area to preserve its natural state and unique tea culture.
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Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample
I enjoyed the first steep of this tea the best. It was a tad softer and had a more elegant appeal. The 2nd and 3rd brew brought on a stronger and more bitter taste, which I didn’t mind, but didn’t love either. Subsequent steepings were mellower but maintained the depth of flavor with considerably less bitterness.
I must admit, my palette is a little biased towards Japanese green teas as that is just what I am more familiar with. But having said that, perhaps by time I finish all the generous samples of green tea from Angel and Teavivre, I might acquire a new-found love for the Chinese green tea. As for the number of times I steeped these leaves – I’m on number 5 and the leaves are still going strong.
This review was originally published on Steepster by canadianadia on October, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from canadianadia.
Very good, sweet aroma for the dry leaves. I didn't get any of the nutty taste that many dragon wells have though. Not a great Dragon Well relative to others I have tasted, but for the price it is hard to argue against buying this!
I think I may be adjusting to the perfumey taste, it doesn’t seem to be getting to me much today…infact it’s quite nice. Maybe this is one of those drinks that you like the more of it that you drink, I found Lapsang Souchong to be that way for me too.
A nice, well-flavored, and surprisingly affordable green (especially something that is considered "rare" at some shops).
Classics with good price, seems to be good for everyday tea.
This is a very good tea. It has an amazing aroma and a long lasting aftertaste. It seems a bit light to me, I just need to get used to the subtleties of it as I'm used to stronger teas like Chun Mee and Sencha. Good tea though
Excellent Green Tea.
This Dragon Well tea came as a flat leaf that ranged from yellow green to deep, almost forest green. There were few buds found in the infusion, but many young, small tea leaves.
The tea presented a freshly herbaceous aroma, full, and with barely a hint of acidity. The brightly green notes stayed for long after each rewarding sip.
My personal brewing preference was for two full teaspoons per 8 ounces of water steeped for two minutes -- even three minutes could be tolerated without bitterness.
Dry leaves look as if they were freshly cut, they are bright green, they smell of fresh green vegetables and grass and they seem so succulent as if one could soak the fresh juice out of them. Tea soup is light greenish-yellow. After 3 minutes' steep, the smell is unchanged from the dry leaves, very fresh and inviting. The taste is mild, again it feels as if biting into an incredibly succulent apple or pear. But there is a slightly bitter aftertaste. Steeped leaves haven't lost the pleasant juicy smell and they have uncurled.
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Reply: Normally, 3g~5g for one cup, so for your 17.5oz, you will get 100~167cups of tea
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