This is a great green tea. Has some of the classic characteristics of dragonwell, but those are perfectly balanced with more traditional green tea flavors. Light and delicious. Good stuff.
“This is a great green tea. Has some of the classic characteristics of dragonwell, but those are perfectly balanced with more traditional green tea flavors. Light and delicious. Good stuff.” Read full tasting note
“This is a really interesting green tea, perfect for someone who has experience drinking both green and white teas. Not a good representation of a "classic" green tea, but more of an...” Read full tasting note
“Great balance of the characteristics of white and Chinese tea. Hints of something toasted, clean flavors. Almost too mild, however…” Read full tasting note
Xue Long is a white tea cultivar that is crafted in the manner of a green tea. Hand gathered on March 27, 2011 from Fuding County, northern Fujian Province, the tea consists entirely of leaf buds from the Da Bai cultivar – a variety from which traditional Silver Needle white tea is crafted. But unlike white tea, which undergoes gradual enzymatic oxidation, Xue Long is pan-roasted by hand to prevent any enzymatic oxidation from occurring.
The name of the tea pays homage to its dual heritage. “Xue” means snow, and refers to the downy white coating that is emblematic of young Da Bai leaf buds. The tea’s crisp sweetness, sans any hint of astringency or bitterness, comes from this provincial heritage.
“Long” means dragon, and refers to the method of pan roasting typically used in Zhejiang Province to craft Dragonwell green teas. The hour long folding and pressing of the Xue Long leaf buds against a hot pan imparts a toastiness to the tea that is reminiscent of warm popcorn and toasted sweet rice.
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This is a really interesting green tea, perfect for someone who has experience drinking both green and white teas. Not a good representation of a “classic” green tea, but more of an adventure – an experiment. And the tea is just that, crafted from the cultivar normally used to make white tea, but with the method used to make Dragonwell green tea, hence the name Xue Long or Snow Dragon. All the desirable characteristics of a Dragonwell (nutty, sweet, bright) without any of the undesirable characteristics (this tea is not at all tannic or astringent like many Dragonwells, but rather very mellow), plus many of the the flavors of a white tea. A truly enjoyable experience.
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Nutty, Sugarcane