Produced in Longjing Village(龙井村), Shifeng Mountain, Hangzhou, China
Harvest Time: March 25, 2012
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The dried tea appears emerald green and slightly yellow. The leaves look straight and upright.
It smells like fried beans
The color of the liquor is pale green and bright
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Recommend Brewing Guide:
4 steeps: rinse, 20s,40s,1m20s,2m
80ºC / 176ºF
1-2 tsp (7g)
80ºC / 176ºF
This kind of Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea is produced in Longjing Village, Shifeng Mountain, Hangzhou, known as the hometown of dragon well tea. The main producing areas of dragon well tea distribute in the vicinity of West Lake, such as Shifeng(狮峰), Longjing(龙井), Wuyun Mountain(五云山), Hupao(虎跑). Moreover, and Shifeng Mountain is very appropriate for the growth of tea leaves, since it is mild and humid in climate and the soil is rich in trace elements.
The fresh Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea provided by Teavivre is picked before Tomb-Sweeping Day, an important solar term in Chinese agriculture. 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, Pre-ming tea is of top grade. If you are preferable to the light taste tea, this kind of Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea is a good choice.
As one of Top Ten Famous Chinese Teas, West Lake Dragon Well Tea is named after its producing place, Longjing tea-producing area in West Lake District, Hangzhou. As to tea lovers, pre-ming tea is of the best quality. Teavivre carefully selects and provides this one from Longjing Village, Shifeng Mountain for tea lovers who is keen on Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea. Centered on Shifeng Mountain, the first-grade protection zones for the sourceland of West Lake Dragon Well Tea are also including Hugong Temple(胡公庙), Longjing Village(龙井村), Qipan Mountain(棋盘山), Shangtianzhu(上天竺) and so on. Deserving to be mentioned, the most famous Dragon Well Tea is produced in Longjing Village. As Longjing tea lovers say, “The most famous tea in the world is Longjing tea, while the first-grade Longjing tea is produced in Shifeng Mountain”.
Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea is not only with a fragrant aroma, but also has several typical features as follow.
Color of dried tea: emerald green
Taste: sweet and mellow
Color of beverage: green
Tea leaves: delicate and tender
Brief Health Info
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. Dragon Well Tea can help you get refreshed and keep up your spirit. It also can enhance thinking, remove fatigue and improve work efficiency.
The polyphenols in Dragon Well Tea can be against and kill the bacteria.
Dragon Well Tea contains fluorine, which can combine with calcium in teeth to proof acid and prevent the growth of caries.
Where is Our Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea Produced?
Shifeng Mountain is the first-grade protection zone for the source land of West Lake Dragon Well Tea in Zhejiang. It is warm and humid in climate, and has superior natural environment. The average annual temperature is 16.1℃; the average degree of humidity is above 80 percent and the average annual rainfall is around 1500mm. Shifeng Mountain is composed by white sandy soil and loess, in which the trace elements are very appropriate for the form of tea leaves’ fine quality.
What is pre-ming?
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 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.
About Dragon Well Tea leaves
Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea grows from dragon well long-leaf tea tree, a kind of shrub. It lives in tea-producing areas in south and north of Yangtze River. Pre-Ming Dragon is a new kind of green tea which is bred by The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Institute of Tea. The institute aims to make this kind of tea early sprouting, of high quality, hardy and having the ability to resist pest and diseases. And this new kind of green tea was approved by The National Tea Tree Thoroughbred Authorized Committee in 1994. Dragon Well Tea from that kind of tea trees is straight and upright, flat, smooth, emerald green and slightly yellow and has lasting aroma and fresh taste (The fresh leaves of spring tea have 4.1 percent Amino acids and 18.6 percent tea polyphenols). The spring tea sprouts early. It usually sprouts in the middle of March. In the end of March, every leaf has a bud. The buds and leaves are of strong cold and drought resistance.
How to Pick the Tea Leaves & Buds of Pre-Ming
In order to ensure the quality, pre-ming tea should be strictly picked under such standards as follow. It should be picked gently and carefully from the side of leaves instead of from top to bottom. Once one piece of leaves is picked, it should be put into tea basket immediately. It is said that if leaves stay in hand for a time, the warmth will turn the green ones into red ones. This kind of Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea we choose is picked between 25th, March and 1st, April. The best time for picking is between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A skillful tea-picking worker at most can pick 100g fresh buds per hour.
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”.
Q: I've been learning about Long Jing in the past couple days. One of the things I've read is that Long Jing farmers primarily use #43 or Jiu Keng Group cultivars. Do you know from which of the cultivars your Superfine Pre-Ming is sourced?
I've also read that 2012 was an especially bad year for Long Jing farmers, because of bad weather in March, and then a rapid increase in temperatures in April. Because of that, the inventory is supposedly low. Most other tea vendors indicate limited availability, and have either sold out or priced this at astronomically high prices. Out of curiosity, how is TeaVivre able to price this so low compared to other vendors?
I guess, one more question. I've read about some terms used by other vendors that are probably more marketing than anything. I know there is Pre-Ming, Pre-Gu Yu. What is "Emporer" Long Jing and First Flush?
Also, is the Long Jing you sell Shifeng or Meijiawu?
Sorry for all the questions. I'm just trying to figure all this out. Thank you! Posted on 5/11/12 by Jonathan Chang
Reply: Our Superfine Pre-Ming is sourced from Dragon well long-leaf tea tree, and our Organic Long Jing is from Jiu Keng Group cultivars. You are correct this year the inventory is low, for our low price because we are in this business not for a long time, our main goal this year is to get more customers to taster our best tea so our profit is low. "Emporer" Long Jing and First Flush is even higher and limited grade. Our Superfine Pre-Ming is from Shifeng. Hope these answers are useful for you.