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Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea
First flush, quite delicate
First flush, quite delicate
Qiandao Lake, Chun'an County, Hangzhou City,
Zhejiang Province, China
March 18, 2019
First flush tea buds or one bud with one unopened tiny leaf
Mostly evenly flattened shaped buds with unopened tiny leaf,
covered with abundant fuzzy hairs
Pale yellowish green
Smooth and soft; no hint of astringent even for long time brewing;
quick secreting saliva, long-lasting lingering sweet aftertaste
C. sinensis cv. Jiukeng
Qiandao Lake Organic Tea Garden
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
Feel the spring atmosphere from this first sip of organic Longjing Tea in the early spring. Enjoy the graceful dancing tea in the tea cup: lively swaying and slowly sinking to the bottom.
She Qian Long Jing Tea are picked shortly after the buds sprout. All tea gardens are busy of making the earliest spring tea in March. Traditionally handmade of mostly buds with one unopened leaf, 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 She Qian
To understand the name of She Qian, we need to see the components separately. She is 社(shè), which refers to the She Ri festival, and Qian is 前 (qián), same meaning as the word before. So She Qian tea means the tea harvested before She Ri festival.
The tea picked around March 20 (at the spring equinox) are tender and precious. The temperature during that time is low that cause the slow growing of tea buds sprout, result in limited amount of tea of that high quality.
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||4 steeps: rinse, 20s, 40s, 80s, 120s|
|Rinse time is around 5 seconds|
Qiandao Lake Organic Tea Garden is located in Chun’an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, with an average annual temperature of 17.0°C. The tea produced here has strong lingering aroma, taste mellow and smooth, and these features all thanks to:
Landscape of the tea garden after raining
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris
Slightly Acidic Sandy Soil
The loose soil condition makes it breathable and water permeable; deep soil layer makes it rich in minerals and trace elements. So the tea grow here is rich in natural nutrition.
National First-level Water Conservation Area
The tea garden is nourished and influenced by the water of Qiandao Lake. Qiandao Lake is a national first-level water body, and its water can reach the drinking water standard without any treatment. Such an innate condition ensures that the environment in which the tea trees grow is pure and pollution-free, and gives the finished teas a natural sweet aftertaste.
Natural Oxygen Bar
The annual PM2.5 value of the Qiandao Lake area is lower than 20, where the air is fresh and the forest coverage rate in the lake area is high. The lake itself just like a huge air purifier, for its wide water area can release a large amount of negative oxygen ions every day, so that forms a big natural oxygen bar, and also nourishes the tea trees.
Shrouded by Mist and Clouds
Influenced by the regulation of the lake water, the local area is mist-shrouded, warm and humid all year round; clouds absorb ultraviolet rays to form diffuse lights, which is very favorable to the growth of tea trees and the transformation of its internal materials.
Sticky boards and solar insecticidal lamps were set up between the tea trees to induces and eliminates pests and also can avoid contamination of chemical agents.
Qiandao Lake, a national first-level water body, and been known as the natural oxygen bar
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
Chun'an County locates on the west of Zhejiang Province; here is the birth place of the first batch of national-level tea tree – Jiu Keng species, and also the most ancient tea area of China. The tea production history of Chun’an can date back to Eastern Han Dynasty, which is 2000 years from now. As the saying goes, good mountains and rivers produce good tea. A world-famous scenic spot, Qiandao Lake, is located in Chun’an. With fresh and clean air, over 95% forest coverage rate, Qiandao Lake is known as the "natural oxygen bar." It is the unique natural environment that provides an unparalleled and irreproducible environment to tea leaves.
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.
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.