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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.
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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Nice mouthfeel. the smell is also very nice.
A wonderfully light and fragrant green tea with a nice mouthfeel and beautiful light hue. Good for a few solid steepings.
This Dragon Well is smooth and sweet. Medium-green color leaves which are pressed flat like a grasshopper wing. The smell of the dry leaf is vegetal and a bit nutty. The tea liquor is a beautiful, clear, pale yellow color. The smell reminds me of sweet corn. Love this green tea!
I taste an excellent range of flavors from this tea. There is a nice nuttiness at first and then a grassy vegetal flavor with a sweetness that comes on at the end. One of my favorite green teas I have tried, and overall a rich and complex tea.
My day is not complete without this tea. I purchase it in 100g bags and was thrilled to get a sample in a pack so that I might easily have it with me at all times!! Thanks Teavivre for treating your customers so well.
This is the last of the samples I received from Teavivre. I have been meaning to write it up for a while but can only plead extreme ennui, which is a shame because I received a large sample and have been enjoying it regularly for a week now. The keyword in my excuse above is ‘enjoying’. This is a lovely green tea and it has given me much pleasure. The leaves look beautiful and suspend in the teapot very pleasingly. I generally use a glass teapot for my green teas, and in this case particularly, the visual aesthetic is emphasised by doing so. It smells grassy and slightly nutty. When brewed these flavours come to the fore and I find myself not wanting to swallow the tea because my tastebuds are dancing around in delight as I roll the tea around my mouth. The aftertaste is sweet and I can imagine that my breath now has a nutty, buttery, grassy deliciousness to it as I breathe out. Yes, this is a tea that is well worth savouring and is one I shall add to my buying list.
What a delight to finally be able to source a good quality Longjing! Having lived in China before, I'd been rather spoilt by wonderful teas. Since moving back to the UK, finding a good supplier of Chinese teas has proved next to impossible. After a couple of years of drinking brown, broken, bland and bitter leaves, this Longjing was a true revelation. The first thing one notices is the wonderful sweet, grassy aroma that pours out when you open up the bag. The leaves themselves are perfectly formed, a beautiful verdant green, and all more or less uniformly shaped. Already, this was some of the best Longjing I've found in a long time - even before I'd tasted it. The first infusion was an absolute delight. Sweet, almost nutty and vegetal notes, but the overwhelming sensation was one of bright, fresh, sweetness and a pale golden liquor. The second infusion was slightly less sweet, but still has a sweet aftertaste. This brewing was more nutty and vegetal. Third brewing began to show signs of losing taste, and by the fourth brewing I'd decided it was time to stop. But nonetheless, I would definitely recommend this beautiful Longjing - it's a high quality, yet affordable way to enjoy the tea. Will definitely be ordering more!
Execellent mid-range Long Jing.
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!
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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