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This Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing tea origins in organic tea base of Tianmu Mountain in Lin’an, Hangzhou. The organic tea base of Tianmu Mountain, has passed the organic certification of European, USA and Japan, is a significant base of planting organic dragon well and green tea. This dragon well long jing tea persists a high level in picking and producing while meeting the standard of organic certification. The tea should be picked as one bud and two leaves or three leaves in order to reach the standard. Tea workers also have excellent skills, which help keep the natural features of fresh tea leaves. Combined with the advantages of organic tea and high grade tea, this dragon well long jing tea is suitable for tea lovers of organic tea as well as dragon well green tea.
The fresh Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Tea provided by Teavivre is picked before Tomb-Sweeping Day, an important solar term in Chinese agriculture. Ming Qian (Pre-ming) tea is seldom damaged by insects. Its buds and leaves are delicate and tender. With a mellow taste, it is emerald green in color and quite beautiful in appearance. Since the weather is relatively cold before Tomb-Sweeping Day, the number of fresh buds is limited and they grow slow. Therefore, a few leaves can meet the picking standard. Compared with those picked after Tomb-Sweeping Day, Ming Qian (Pre-ming) tea is of top grade.
Our Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea meets the most strictly European low pesticide residues standard for agricultural products.
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Dragon Well (Long Jing) tea can be ranked as the first of the ten famous Chinese tea, have gained a lot of reputation around nation and abroad. In china, there are many good dragon well teas while only few of them is able to pass the international organic certification. Teavivre choose this tea from the origin place of dragon well tea, Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. Based on the guarantee of being organic, the picking of materials and producing are the top among dragon well teas. You won’t be disappointed whether you’re organic food lovers or tea lovers who chasing high quality of teas.
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Tomb-Sweeping Day is one out of twenty four solar terms in Chinese lunar calendar, which is between 4th and 6th, April.
As a higher grade of West Lake Dragon Well Tea, the Ming Qian (pre-ming) tea is made from the tender buds and leaves picked before Tomb-Sweeping Day.
In the south of the Yangtze River tea-producing area, tea trees can fully absorb and accumulate nutrients during long winter. Furthermore, due to the low temperature between Vernal Equinox Day and Tomb-Sweeping Day, tea trees grow slow and the quality of buds is quite good. Compared with teas produced in later period, the content of Amino acids in pre-ming tea is higher, while the content of tea polyphenols is lower. When brewing this Dragon Well tea, It tastes fragrant and mellow. Therefore, tea lovers are very much fond of the high-grade teas picked before Tomb-Sweeping Day.
We know that fresh tea leaves contain plenty of tea polyphenols which has the function of weight loss of green tea. However, based on different producing craft, they will be reduced in different volume. According to a document from Hunan Agricultural University, there are at least 20% to 23% of tea polyphenols in green tea. As the process of fermentation is removed in the making of green tea, catechin and tea polyphenols in green tea could be highly contained. Tea polyphenols has the function of anti-radiation. Dragon well long jing tea can refresh minds, brace spirit, help you think, remove fatigue, improve your work efficiency. Dragon well long jing tea has fluorine, which helps protect your teeth from acid corrosion and decay by bonding with calcium in teeth.
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The particular Organic Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet the following certifications:
USA Certified Organic in accordance with the USDA (National Organic Program) accreditation for organic farms, production and produce. USDA certificate number is A-2011-01070_1 / 2012-04961. Europe Certified organic in accordance with both EU regulations Article 29(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007. Certificate number is A-2011-01070_1 / 2012-04958. Japan Certified organic in compliance with the JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standards) regulations for organic agricultural products. Certificate number is A-2011-01070_1 / 2012-04959. Their certifications have been independently verified by BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH - the organic certifier. In August of 2010, dragon well long jing tea from organic tea garden of Lin’an won the first prize of tea championship of World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, America.
The organic tea garden base of Tianmu Mountain in Lin’an, the origin place of this dragon well long jing tea, has years’ experience of planting organic tea, managing the tea garden and producing organic tea. It covers an area about 548 acres, among which about 353 acres has passed the national BCS certification of Germany.
(Tian Mu Tea Garden - Tong Keng.)
Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Tips: it holds a strict standard of building an organic tea garden. For example, the land which is planned to apply a qualification of organic tea garden should never use any pesticides in the past 5 to 10 years. In the range of 10 kilometers from the tea garden no factories should exist.
The fresh tea leaves are from tea trees of Jiukeng specie, also called Jiukeng big-leaf specie, seeding family, bush, mainly distribute in Chun’an, Kaihua in Zhejiang Province and Shexian in Anhui Province. In 1985 it was verified as national specie of number GS13023-1985 by the National Crop Variety Certification Committee. The spring tea has one bud and two leaves, and contains about 3.4% of amino acid, 20.9% of tea polyphenols, 13.3% of catechin and 4.1% of caffeine, which is suitable for making green tea. The dry tea is green bloom, with strong aroma and heavy flavor.In order to guarantee the high quality of fresh tea leaves, it is strictly requested since the picking process: when picking the leaves, your hands must start from the side of leaves, carefully and gently pick off the leaf, then put it into the basket immediately. There is a saying that if the leaf stay on your hand for couples of seconds, the heat from your hands will make the leaf turn into red color.
The reputation of Shifeng Dragon Well Tea is closely related with Emperor Qianlong. He once visited the south of Yangtze River six times, during which he investigated the quality of tea leaves four times. He enjoyed tasting tea, writing poets and learning to pick tea leaves. However, one day, when he was picking tea buds, the trusted follower reported that his mother was in poor health. Once heard of this news, he was so anxious that he immediately put the handful of tea buds into pocket and traveled day and night to return to the capital. His sudden appearance and greeting really surprised his mother so that she turned into a good mood. She realized that a fragrant aroma was blowing on her face and at once asked what it was. Emperor Qianlong carefully smelled and found that a stream of fragrant aroma came from his pocket. He touched his pocket at will and the handful of tea buds from Hugong Temple, Longjing Village, Hangzhou had been dried and gave out a kind of rich fragrance. Therefore, he ordered attendants to brew it. After drinking three cups, his mother became pleasant and refreshing. For this reason, he entitled the eighteen tea trees before Hugong Temple under Shifeng Mountain as “royal tea tree”.
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I wrote a very strong review for Teavivre's 2014 She Qian Dragonwell, which I consider to be one of the best Dragonwell's that I've had. I was thrilled with the She Qian, but decided to order the Ming Qian as well, in order to a try another harvest and have more of an "everyday" kind of Dragonwell. I wasn't surprised that the Ming Qian was also excellent. With gongfu brewing, it brewed a very similar fresh cup of green tea as the She Qian; with glass tumbler brewing, it went for numerous infusions before losing it's flavor. While I'll admit that the Ming Qian lacked that powerful dry-leaf aroma and depth of character in gongfu brewing in comparison to the She Qian, it's worth noting that it's 2/3 the price of She Qian! This tea is a superb example of what Dragonwell tea has to offer. I'm curious to try Teavivre's Superfine grade of Dragonwell. I imagine it's a great value as well.
I've always been a fan of dragonwell tea and this one doesn't disappoint! It's very light and delicate as far as dragonwell teas go. If you prefer your tea strong, I would recommend the organic superfine dragonwell and not this one. The other brews stronger if you like strong green tea. This one is still really good though!
Purchased this after reading rave reviews about this tea from steepster. Unfortunately this tea was a great disappointment. Not only do you have to use a lot of tea to steep, the taste only lasts for 2 steeps. After 2 steeps the aroma becomes evanescent. I will not be buying this again. Teavivre: Normally green teas is not capable for long-term steeping as other teas. Usually, if you use Chinese gongfu style, a green tea can have 3 to 5 steeps; if you use western style, the same tea can only have 2 or 3 steeps. This is because high quality green tea is mainly made of tea buds, which are very tender and fresh. The buds contain much more water soluble substances than mature leaf. After 1 steep, nearly 90% of the substances are dissolved, leaves only a few of nutrition to the next steep. That's why the flavor doesn't last long.
OK. I don’t want to beat a dead horse (or tea leaf) but green teas and I aren’t close. I’ll try them and any other variety of tea, but I’m a black tea kind of guy. When I opened the sample package for this selection, a fairly strong grassy aroma burst forth. The leaves were full, bright green, and flat. I steeped this rascal for two minutes at 175 degrees. The brewed aroma was again grassy and a touch sweet. The color was a fairly golden green (which became bright gold after 30 minutes of post-brewed heating). I was pleasantly surprised by the moderately full taste of this tea. Sometimes green teas don’t contain enough flavor to completely register with my taste buds. This selection had a very recognizable grassy and sweet flavor. The taste was light and lively with an equally affable aftertaste. I’m not ready to replace my stash of black teas with green blends, but I did find this variety quite pleasant to sip during the early afternoon. I’m sure I would also enjoy it during my days off from work when my brain doesn’t require as much kick-starting. This review was originally published on Steepster by Stoo in Feb, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Stoo.
Dry leaf is vivid green, and once brewed remains bright and fresh in appearance. Brewed tea color is very pale yellow, and the aroma is nutty and a bit spinach-like. Tastes nutty as well, and is sweet and lightly buttery. Very clean, smooth and mellow without a hint of bitterness. First steep seemed the strongest but nice flavor in the three re-steeps that I did. Lovely and refreshing!
It's seems like a very nice dragon well to me. Though to be honest, it's slightly different, but not necessarily better than the "super-fine" dragon well. I think this tea has a slightly gentler flavor; maybe less bitter. It sacrifices a bit of character, though, to achieve that.
This Long Jing is of an great quality for the price. I think it is harder to brew than a oolong because this tea is more fragile but when it is correctly brewed, the taste is very long lasting and so rich. It is complex mix of vegetal and roasted nuts. I also agree it this tea makes you calm and happy.
Best Longjing on the internet at this price. Has IMO a more balanced flavour and a lasting, sweet, very pleasant and even less astringent aftertaste than the "superfine" variant. Leaves you sligthly "high"; you feel calm and invigorated at the same time. Highly recommended.
Longjing isn’t really my thing. I enjoy it on occasion, but I generally find it almost too savory for frequent drinking. Anyway, this one is fantastic. The aroma is very fresh, with strong, sweet, and slightly nutty characteristics. The dry leaves look to be of great quality: bright green, tons of fuzz, with a few pockets here and there sticking to the leaves. Almost entirely of buds, but there are some broken leaves and extraneous materials scattered throughout. All in all, though, very consistent. I have found this particular version to be somewhat finicky to brew, though I particularly enjoyed it “grandpa style” (if anyone follows MarshalN), with minimal leaves, sipping from an open gaiwan, filling it back up with water once it gets a bit past halfway. Pretty much the traditional style, but I prefer it in a gaiwan instead of a glass. In this way, a clear, light-jade green liquor is produced that is crisp, light, and buttery, with the characteristic Longjing “chestnut” flavor. The aftertaste is sweet, fresh, and induces salivation. Preparing it gong fu leads to too much umami flavors and an “overly green” taste (if that makes any sense), especially with too high a quantity of leaves. However, depth increases at least three-fold this way. This makes sense, but the level to which it increased was surprising to me. At any rate, this way or grandpa style both provided decent staying power throughout steeps. All in all I was impressed, and I am thankful for an opportunity to sample this tea. This review was originally published on Steepster by Cody in July, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Cody.
This great tea comes out beautiful and very aromatic. It has the usual grassy notes to it. Giving this 4/5 stars though because it did not keep well in my cast iron teapot.
Reply: No, it is not. This tea is from Tianmu Mountain in Lin’an County, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, which is close to Shifeng Mouintain.
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