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Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea
First flush, quite delicate
First flush, quite delicate
Tianmu Mountain(天目山), Lin’an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang
March 21, 2017
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
Wuniu Zao tea bush species
Bao Jia Organic Tea Garden (about 800m above sea level)
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|
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 in Tianmu
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris
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
This She 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.
Wu Niu Zao tea bush species is native to the area of Wu Niu town, Yongjia county, Zhejiang province, and it is the earliest spring tea at the Jiangnan tea area, so for this it gets the name “Wū niú zǎo 乌牛早”. This tea tree sprouts very early, and usually the germination period of spring is in late February or early March. It has high density of spring sprouts, fat and green tea buds and rich amino acid which is about 4.2%. It is suitable for making green teas, especially suitable for flat shape teas, among which the “Wu Niu Zao Long Jing” has flat shape, high aroma, mellow and sweet taste and clear tea liquid, which is precious among teas.
Longjing tea has a long history which can be dating back to the Tang Dynasty of China. By the Ming Dynasty, Longjing tea gradually fame spread far and wide. After the founding of New China, the governments actively support the development of Longjing tea. Tea Districts are breeding new improved varieties of Long Jing tea, promoting advanced cultivation and processing technology, leading Longjing tea production so embarked on a path of development. To be famous and flourish, it is based on the good quality and long history and culture of Longjing tea.