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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea

Tender, refreshing, no bitterness even over steeped

$5.50
Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea

Tender, refreshing, no bitterness even over steeped

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96% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Tianmu Mountain(天目山), Lin’an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

March 22, 2018

Plucking Standard:

Mostly one bud with one unopened tiny leaf, few one bud with two unopened tiny leaves

Dry Leaf:

Mostly evenly flattened shaped buds with tiny unopened leaf,

covered with abundant fuzzy hairs

Aroma:

Floral, chestnut, stir-fried bean aroma

Liquor:

Light yellowish green

Taste:

Smooth and soft; no hint of astringent even for long time brewing;

mouth-watering, long-lasting lingering sweet aftertaste

Tea Bush:

C. sinensis cv. Jiukeng

Tea Garden:

Bao Jia Organic Tea Garden (about 800m above sea level)

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

18 Months

Angel's Comment:

Sip of spring in this Ming Qian Long Jing Tea: organic quality, delightful shape, refreshing and sweet taste.

Certification:

Eurofins Certification

Traditionally handmade tea made from mostly buds with one unopened leaf (may contain a few two unopened leaves); this tea can reach your expectation of both the beautiful brewing tea shape and the organic quality. Long Jing Tea is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas.

Definition of Ming Qian (pre-ming)

Qing Ming Day, the traditional Tomb-Sweeping Day is one of twenty four solar terms in Chinese lunar calendar, which is between 4th and 6th, April. Ming Qian means pre-ming, that is before April 4. The tea picked before Qing Ming Day are tender and precious. The temperature between Vernal Equinox Day and Qing Ming Day is low that cause the slow growing of tea buds sprout, result in limited amount of tea of that high quality. Therefore, tea lovers are very much fond of the high-grade Ming Qian Tea.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
176℉ / 80℃ 176℉ / 80℃
2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea 3g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 6 steeps: rinse,20s,40s,70s,120s,150s,180s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Surrounded by Kwun Tong reservoir (官塘水库), the Baojia organic tea garden where several of our organic teas come from is just located in somewhere in Tianmu Mountains in Lin'an, 800-1000 meters above sea level. At this elevation, superior geographical conditions enable good drainage and moderated sunshine, which are two crucial factors to tea growth.

The average annual rainfall here is about 1,550 mm. Tian Mu mountains are often covered by cloud and mist, which blocks, to some degree, the direct sun light on tea leaves so that the air humidity and diffuse light can be enhanced. Besides, the soil is high in organic content and has an acidic PH that is suitable for growing tea trees. Therefore, the end teas from this garden are especially tender and pleasant-smelling.

Bao Jia Organic Tea Garden

Bao Jia Organic Tea Garden in Tianmu
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Tea Farmer

Ms Liao, who has been in the organic tea industry for about ten years, went through the arduous process of founding an organic tea plantation from scratch. After several years of hard work and development, the organic tea garden is now fully established, and has earned USDA, EU, and JAS organic certifications to ensure the healthy quality of the tea.

In August of 2010, dragon well long jing tea from Ms Liao’s tea garden won the first prize of hot tea class in tea championship of World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, America.

TeaVivre Founder Angel Chen and Ms Liao

TeaVivre Founder Angel Chen and Ms Liao

 
Origin

This Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing tea Tiantai Mountain, located in Taitai County, Taizhou, Zhejiang Province. The average elevation is above 500 meters, with Cangshan(elevation of 1113.4 meters) at east, Taizhu mountain (elevation of 1019.6 meters) at west, Dalei mountain (elevation of 1144 meters) at west, Huading mountain (elevation of 1098meters) at north.

Map of Tiantai Mountain

Tea Bush

The fresh tea leaves are from tea plants of the Jiukeng species, also called Jiukeng Big-leaf. This variety of tea plant was originally found in Chun’an, Kaihua, in Zhejiang Province, and Shexian in Anhui Province. In the 1950s, it was introduced to tea-growing areas all around Zhejiang. In 1985 it was verified as a national species with number GS13023-1985 by the National Crop Variety Certification Committee. The dry leaves of the spring tea from this species contain about 3.4% amino acid, 20.9% tea polyphenols, 13.3% catechin and 4.1% caffeine, which makes them well suited for producing green tea.

Jiukeng tea tree species

History

Long Jing Tea has a long, distinguished history of over 1200 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, the Emperor’s love for this tea meant that it was frequently presented by petitioners as a royal tribute.

To be famous and flourish, it is based on the good quality and long history and culture of Longjing tea.

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