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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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Beautiful yellow-green leaves that have a sweet floral aroma. I can detect a mild honey-like scent to the dry leaves. Steeped with water close to 80 degrees there is no bitterness. The cup is almost clear, with a hint of gold to it. I'm on my third steep and the taste is still there, soft and fragrant. The wet leaves have opened up and display a beautiful mix of shades of yellow and green. They have kept their aroma too, even after three steeps. Delicious.
I recently ordered a sampler of Spring 2015 green teas from Teavivre, so I’m currently working my way through the remainder of my Spring 2014 pack, in the expectation that I’ll have finished them before the new stuff arrives. That’s the plan, anyway. The leaf here is fascinating. They’re larger than I would have expected, flat and folded in appearance, and a fairly uniform grass green with some lighter speckles and some dark (brown-ish) patches. The wet leaf isn’t much different in appearance, except that some of the leaves have unfolded a little. The scent is vegetal, rather like spinach, and also a little chestnutty. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it a.5 minutes in water cooled to around 175. The brewed liquor is a pale yellow-green. To taste, this is another green I’ve found myself unexpectedly enjoying recently. I never would have thought I’d enjoy green teas as much as I do now. In fact, it’s probably time I stopped saying that in general I don’t like them. I’m not sure that that’s true anymore, which means that continuing to try different types has been more than worthwhile. This is a delicious cup. It’s smooth and buttery, with a sweet, fresh vegetal flavour and an underlying nuttiness. It tastes to me like steamed green vegetables – spinach, perhaps, and green beans. There’s some sweetness that I associate typically wish freshly shelled peas. The nuttiness works really well with those flavours, and pine nuts specifically are what this one brings to mind. This is another variety that I’ll be adding to my list of “likes”, and another one I’ll look to explore some more. I’m pretty sure Teavivre’s green teas are among the best there are; I’ve never found a run of pure green teas that I like as much, or that have such clear, fresh flavours. This would be a potential repurchase for me, and I don’t say that often about a green tea! Perhaps that’s about to change. This review was originally published on Steepster by Scheherazade in May, 2015. TeaVivre adds this review here after getting permission from Scheherazade Tabby.
Thank you for the sample pack! This new tea is quite green and nutty, less buttery than I expexted but is very very fresh. Don't steep too long, it will ruin the "lightness" of the tea.
I love Longjing on a warm sunny day. There is something about the delicate refreshing flavors that just put me in good spirits! I opened the package and revealed long elegant leaves of vibrant green and yellow. These flat slates carried the aroma of fresh silky vegetables and a slight robust floral hint. I brewed these beauties up in my glassware to watch them dance. My tea pot gave off a spinach and chestnut aroma as the hot spring water touched the leaves. I filled my pot in three short bursts to agitate the delicate leaves. I always brew Long Jing with cool water (175F) to get the sweet flavors out. The taste was so refreshing. This brew has a delicate vegetal flavor with a honey nectar sweetness. I can feel my body relaxing with each sip. I was able to pull three steepings out of this brewe, and I deeply enjoyed each one.
What I really like about Teavivre is that they deliver teas right from the garden and immediately after harvest. In my opinion, for any green tea its freshness is the #1 taste attribute. Black teas keep their taste for many months after a harvest, but greens must be enjoyed while they are fresh. So 2015 Premium Dragon Well Long Jing is very fresh and juicy. If you want to try it, get it as soon as possible, don't wait for the stock to age. Steep it short 1 minute and repeat 4-5 times without loosing the taste.
Typically nutty, this Long Jing doesn't disappoint. Although I feel like it's not quite equal to the superfine grade, it is very close.
Excellent! The vibrant green leaf color mesmerized me and the taste confirmed the quality of this Dragon Well.
Nice longjing for daily drinking. While Superfine is fresh and vegetal this is more on roasty side. It's really tasty and gives four good steeps. Leaves are bright green and they've sweet and nutty aroma. Pleasant and relaxing to drink.
Oh the lovely grassy aroma. Thick body, chest-nutty taste. The color is extremely nice too. Love watching this brews in the glass teapot. Brewed in the Western style, it's only good for two steeps for me. It's however, worth it just for that very first heavenly steep alone!
This tea is absolutely incredible. It is gorgeously vegetal with slight notes of chestnut. I got five beautiful steeps out of one set of leaves. It brews in a glowing golden liquor.
Reply: Dear James, Thank you very much for writing to us. The shelf life of this tea is 18 months. So it is safe for the customer to drink this tea. Hope this is helpful for you.
Reply: Dear Joseph, Thank you very much for writing to us. Our tea was packed with two packages, the inner bag and the outer zip bag, 100g per bag. Our teas was put in refrigerator and after you receive the tea, you can put the tea in refrigerator too. Hope this is helpful for your concern. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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.
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