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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.
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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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One of the best green teas I've had. Highly recommend this.
I needed a simple dragon well to round out my daily teas and this was perfect. It is a full bodied tea and complements some of my other lighter green teas well.
When factoring in price, I'd say this is probably the best dragon well you can get for ~$10 / 100g. That being said, I did have a sample of the premium dragon well (~$18/100g) which was definitely better, but around $5 more. I must first mention, the smell when you first open the bag is amazing. It's hard to describe but it has a sweet, fresh scent to it. Very enticing. This, like most of the other Chinese greens I've made, is quite easy to make and fairly difficult to botch. The result has very little bitterness but as others have mentioned, the taste is somewhat straight-forward; to get a more complex taste go to the higher quality dragon wells. This tea is great to make daily without feeling like you're spending too much money to do so. Despite the lack of complexity in taste, this really is still a treat to drink daily. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a daily dragon well.
My order was received in a very timely manner. The tea was fresh with an excellent taste, Very good quality. I drink it on a daily basis. Love, Love, Love it. I have recommended it to my tea drinking friends. I will be back for additional purchases.
Very nice tea, especially at this price, good value for money.
I received this as a free sample with an order. The dry leaves are a bit larger and darker than the premium grade, but still have that same oily fresh smell to them. The steeped tea has a pretty deep flavor, more savory than buttery when compared to the premium, and not as overwhelmingly rich in terms of thickness or mouthfeel. Rather than the aggressive Zhu Ye Qing-like throatiness underneath the savory taste, I instead get less articulate, but more classic vegetal notes. Not too vegetal, especially not compared to other green teas, but enough to remind you self-consciously that you’re drinking a green tea more generally. I tend to focus on the specific type of tea rather than the level of oxidation, and here both characteristics were asserting themselves. The second steeping is considerably more vegetal, but with no bitterness and a nice sweet zippy tang to it, sort of like honeydew or another ‘green’ fruit. The third steeping heads more directly into vegetal territory. This tea is an excellent day drinker. Good enough where you would comment on it being high quality tea if it were served to you, but not so complex that you would feel like you were taking it for granted if you drank it every day.
This has got to be the easiest green tea to brew that I've ever tried. Very forgiving on steeps and barely gets bitter! Scent is grassy and juicy and brews up about the same with a touch of dryness.
A very nice Dragon Well. The first steep had strong vegetal flavors and a buttery smoothness that was highly enjoyable. There was a little dryness on the back of my throat, but it was very mild. The second steep had fewer vegetal notes and many more buttery ones. No astringency at all. The third steep was very soft with a light sweetness and something almost floral but not. I enjoyed this steep a lot. The fourth steep brought back a bit of the buttery, smooth notes, but other than that it was fairly weak.
I had some extra time this afternoon to relax with tea, so I thought it would be a good time to try a tea I knew would be good for several steeps. I chose this one because I loved the idea of something lighter and spring-y. The first steep had strong vegetal flavors and a buttery smoothness that was highly enjoyable. There was a little dryness on the back of my throat, but it was very mild. The second steep had fewer vegetal notes and many more buttery ones. No astringency at all. The third steep was very soft with a light sweetness and something almost floral but not. I enjoyed this steep a lot. The fourth steep brought back a bit of the buttery, smooth notes, but other than that it was fairly weak. The second and third steeps were my favorites, but I thoroughly enjoyed this tea from start to finish. This review was originally published on Steepster by Veronica on Apr 25, 2014. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Veronica.
I love this tea. I actually like it better than all other 2013 dragon wells tea vivre has to offer. I drink it every single day. Everytime I have ordered it, it arrived fresh with vivid green leaves.
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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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