Dragon Well (Long Jing) tea can be ranked as the first of the ten famous Chinese tea, have gained a lot of reputation around nation and abroad. In china, there are many good dragon well teas while only few of them is able to pass the international organic certification. Teavivre choose this tea from the origin place of dragon well tea, Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. Based on the guarantee of being organic, the picking of materials and producing are the top among dragon well teas. You won’t be disappointed whether you’re organic food lovers or tea lovers who chasing high quality of teas.
Harvest time: March 10 - March 20, 2013
Sample provided by Teavivre
This review is for the Spring 2013 production of this tea. In January 2012, I posted my review of the premium grade Dragon Well from the 2011 production. The leaf reviewed here is organic and a of higher quality grade leaf. In examining the leaf it appears exactly as the picture portrays it. The dry scent in the sample bag is slightly sour and reminds me of fresh baled hay.
I used 3.5g, or half the sample, in my press and brought the water to a heavy steam, then let it cool a moment before pouring over the leaf. The steep time was about two minutes. The aroma of the wet leaf is wonderful. It makes me think stew beef and buttery beans. The liquor is light yellow green and very clear and bright.
The sip is crisp and fresh. Using the long end of the recommended steep time gives this a slight bitter edge with a mineral finish. A shorter time would produce softer edges, though I find the longer time produces a very refreshing mug.
This doesn’t make me think buttery or creamy. There is more a milkiness to the feel. The taste is vegetal, sure, but also what I guess is best described as nutty. I find it more savory than sweet. The aftertaste lingers, though not as long as some green teas I have had.
I wish I had some of the premium grade left for a side-by-side comparison. Going strictly from memory (usually not a good idea) I believe this version is brighter with less of a roasty feel about it.
This makes a very nice cup of tea.
I would never intentionally think to ice this, but as I was typing my notes the mug reached room temperature and I must say I really liked this cold.
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