Longjing Weng-jia Shan Dragonwell Grade AA 2013 Pre-Qing Ming
Longjing Weng-jia Shan
2013 Pre-Qing Ming
To us, this Longjing is sweet and lightly vegetal but not pushy. It has a persistent flavor that stays throughout several infusions before diminishing. There is virtually no detectable toastiness, but instead an elegant and fresh ‘green’ taste that is quite lovely. The aroma in the cup is less floral than that of the Shi Feng or Weng’jia Shan, which fits with its more toasty, slightly nutty nature.
The origin of authentic Longjing is the West Lake ( Xi Hu region ) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Longjing is a protected tea ( protected against counterfeit ‘Longjing’ tea cultivated and manufacture in other places in China, or from other tea producing countries ) and can only legimately come from one of the places located within the National Designated Protected Zone. (Our Longjing is ‘authentic Longjing’ which means that the tea is made from Longjing #43 tea bushes.)
This zone is a scant 168 kilometers in area, and all Longjing tea manufactured there is sold under the name of the region or village where the tea was plucked. The original production zones were named Lion, Dragon, Cloud (Meijiawu Village), Tiger, and Plum.
Today, the names have changed, but the most important harvesting areas for production of authentic Longjing in the Xi Hu region are the same: Shi-feng Shan; Longjing Village; Meijiawu Village; Weng-jia Shan.
• Green tea
• Weng-jia Shan, Xi Hu Region, Zhejiang Province, China
• Single farm, single harvest
• Pressed, flat leaf style
• Sweet vegetal flavors without tastiness
• Clean, persistent, early spring aroma
• Straw-colored liquor tending towards gold
Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water.
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 170° F-180° F