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XiHu (West Lake) 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. This premium Long Jing tea is an absolutely fantastic example of this tea. Mostly handmade it has no hint of bitterness, instead it has a delightfully subtle classic green tea taste and aromatic scent.
Our Premium Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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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 selected a great example of XiHu Long Jing, that has a very pale yellow-green color, long-lasting sweet flavour and great orchid aroma. Whenever you feel upset or restless, Long Jing is the perfect drink to relax and calm you.
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.
TeaVivre's Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea is 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.
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.
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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After drinking a ridiculously indulgent milk tea, I needed a nice green tea to soothe my tummy. I don’t have much experience with dragonwell teas, but I have enjoyed the ones I’ve tried, and found them to be quite mellow and inoffensive. The leaves of this tea have the traditional flattened look, and they’re a rather bright yellowish green color. The dry scent is mild and spinach-like, and somewhat sweet. I brewed for 2 minutes at 185 degrees. The brewed aroma is similar, mild and gently vegetal. I seem to always choose spinach as the main descriptor for sencha and these teas, I’m not sure if that’s a general thing or if I’m just not experienced enough with green teas to really notice the different notes. Overall, this tea was quite lovely and mellow, and perfect for my tummy. Very mild vegetal flavor, and something that reminded me of very light toast. There’s also that lovely buttery, nutty quality that seems to be typical of dragonwell teas. Now I’m relaxed with a calm and happy tummy! :)
I don't pretend to be an expert on such things, but I've very much enjoyed this tea. Sweet and floral, not at all bitter. The aroma is wonderful. Sometimes I open the container, just so I can smell it again. A very juicy-smelling tea.
Consistently good AND a great price! I've tried other Dragonwells but this one still remains at the top of the pack! Big toasty, roasty, hay like and green, but a smooth buttery blend which has impact. There is nothing shy about this Dragonwell. If you want to stray into the world of greens and crave a more emphatic taste, this is the green to get, with enough complexity to avert any boredom. My go-to green!
This is an excellent year for the Premium Longjing. Although last year I rated it slightly below the Superfine Organic, this year I think it is superior. The tea is not excessively toasted, and the natural tea flavor is wonderful. This year's tea is as smooth as it can be, and is a fantastic quality for the price. Highly recommended.
Tevivre's brewing recommendation is spot on. Tea is very nice, sweet, chestnut, spinache and oddly deep-fried white fish meat smell :). Taste is superb. Very happy with the purchase.
Never bitter. Always relaxing in the evening. Simply my favorite.
This has become my stand by. Great taste and health benefits I noticeably miss if I fail to have my tea!
Wow, this is a great green tea. I haven't had dragon well before so going at this blind. The tea is very fresh with a sweet scent. Full leaves I don't think I had many broken leaves in my sample I steeped it using 3g in 3oz of water in a gaiwan following recommendations on the site. The flavor is very fresh and clean. It has a vegetable taste, but very slight and almost tastes like sugar was added as it has a sweet hint. It has just a touch of bitterness that is just very slight. The steeped tea is light yellow in color and a very light tea. Mouth feel is soft and not very thick. Really a nice tea, I will be ordering more of this.
This is an excellent premium Dragon Well. Delicious scent, lovely delicate buttery, vegetal notes with no bitterness. Very fresh, which is especially important in a green tea. I am mainly a black tea lover, but I highly recommend this and really appreciate the sample.
One of the first teas I bought from a local tea store was Longjing, but I accidentally burnt the leaves. I was eager for another chance to sample this tea prepared correctly, this time receiving it as part of Teavivre’s 2014 Limited Edition Spring Teas sampler. When I opened the sample pouch, I was greeted with the most powerful buttery, savory scent I have ever experienced from dry leaves. It was seriously incredible and clearly the result of very fresh tea. When I then steeped the tea, the leaves unfurled into long narrow light to olive green shoots, and those delicious scents from the dry leaves ended up being exactly what the tea tasted like. It reminded me of a fine, heavily buttered sweet savory meal prepared by a skilled mother or served in a very fine restaurant. When I say buttery, I do not mean the mild, thick flavor of a Taiwanese Oolong. This instead was as if someone melted a stick of butter on a stove. Underneath all of that was a hint of a sort of throaty texture usually associated with iced instead of warm tea that provided added complexity to the beverage. I also ended up feeling alert, energized, yet calm, a phenomenon usually associated with more oxidized teas. Longjing may be the finest green tea I have ever tasted, paradigmatic of what China can offer at its very best. The second steeping was more vegetal in nature, with the flavors from the first steeping lingering toward the back sides of the mouth in a very long, pleasant aftertaste. In fact, the sweetness of the tea remained in my mouth for minutes while waiting for water to heat for the third steeping.
Reply: Our best longjing tea is the Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea. This tea is harvested on March 8 - March 10, 2013, from Tianmu Mountain in Lin’an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang. It has fresh aroma with chestnut flavor
Reply: Yes, it is picked before Qing Ming. This year's Chinese Qing Ming festival is on April 4th. Also it is the first flush of this year's Dragon Well.
Reply: Thank you for choosing our service and products. For your question, we suggest you the Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea, which has similiar flavor and aroma with Dragon Well.
Reply: The Premium Dragon Well Green Tea tastes brisk and subtle, and has an orchid flavor, smells and tastes like fried soybean. While the Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea mainly tastes floral or fruity, smooth as well.
Reply: For your concern about our Premiun Dragon Well Tea, in the bottom of your tumbler the white pekoe in fact it is developed from the tender tea buds of the tea. Tthere's some white pekoe on the dry tea, more tender the tea is, more white pekoe it will have. It is a reference to the fine down-like white hairs which appear on tightly furled young tea buds.
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