13 Tasting Notes
When I am in the mood for a wonderful clean bright fresh green tea, I always come to this one. I first really started to appreciate Long Jing (Lung Ching, Dragon well) when I visited Hangzhou. This tea is grown in that area. Xi Hu means West Lake, which is a famous lake in Hangzhou.
When I got back from china I was so disappointed with all the Long Jings that I tried, that we had to start importing this one directly!
The leaves of this tea are simply beautiful when fully infused. They look good enough to eat. When brewed, they render a medium oolong with red-brown liquor and an aroma of black tea and earth. The taste is somewhere between black and green. Smooth and delicious, with some earthy notes underneath. Second infusion is as good as first, with very subtle peach and flower notes coming forward. This is one to savor in the aroma as well as the more subtle flavor, because they could be from two different teas.