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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) meets the most strictly European low pesticide residues standard for agricultural products. View Quality Safety Analyzing Report
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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I've reviewed this tea before but this is for the Spring 2013 batch:The long flattened dry Dragonwell leaf is a beautiful bright green color, with a strong, fresh toasted vegetal scent.
The steeped leaves open full and fast, clearly displaying their paired tip leaf & 1st leaf. The smell of the tea's steam is vegetal, roasted, nutty almost porridge-like. The spring 2013 batch doesn't disappoint. Teavivre's is still the best dragonwell I've tasted. Nutty, slightly roasted, slightly vegetal, but deliciously smooth. Last year I ordered three 100g bags late in the year and finished all. It's my everday/all day and never tire of it tea. I've found the leaves very forgiving of temperature and steep time (It wonn't burn or taste off.) A tasty affordable tea for everyday use. A very distinct, bold green, satisfying even to those lovers of stronger more oxidized teas.
Wonderful tea. Enjoying it!
Good, enjoyable Long Jing. I appreciate that it meets the European low pesticide residues standard which are very strict.
Tasteful tea. Beautiful color. Nice aroma.
Having lived next to Hangzhou China, I became addicted to Longjing tea. I have never been able to find any as good as I used to purchase in China until I found teavivre. Great choice if you want great quality longjing tea.
Good gosh this tea just surprised me. I forgot my water, so it got too hot, then I forgot it again and it got quite cold. I steeped this for 2min. at 160F. You know what? It was amazing. The brew has only the slightest hint of yellow/light green. There are plenty of nutty, sweet notes and it is surprisingly wonderful at this temp. I really enjoy this one and I think that it is a must try for green tea lovers. thank you Teavivre for this sample!
This review was originally published on Steepster by Tamm on January, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Tamm.
I took the plunge and ordered 200 grams of this tea without sampling first based on my strong preference for Dragon Well. I was not disappointed. This tea has the buttery, vegetal (asparagus?) taste I favor and crisp golden color that is pleasing to the eye. It's sure to be included in my next order.
I love your tea and sample tea help me to buy more tea.
I am relatively new to green teas so I have only tried 7-8 different types. This is so far my favorite. I enjoy the flavor and drink several cups per day.
My husband loves this tea, I catch him with my little teapot and this green tea in the evening when he comes home. This green tea has a smooth taste and I love the way the tea leaves smell brewed. This one will always be on my order list...
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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