Longjing Dafo Village Dragonwell 2013 Pre-Qing Ming

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  • “I just love the look of a Dafo, the uniform flat dry appearance and the way it steeps, dancing in the cup, unfurling it’s beautiful two leaves and a bud. This tea is teaching me. It’s teaching me...” Read full tasting note

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Longjing Dafo Village
2013 Pre-Qing Ming

Longjing tea is the pride of Zhejiang Province where it has been made for many centuries. This fine Longjing is plucked in tea gardens located approximately 50 miles outside of the Xi Hu designated Longjing region in Xin Chang county.

This toasty Longjing will perk up even the most jaded palate. Our savvy tea enthusiast customers have discovered the clean, fresh and refreshing flavor of this increasingly popular Longjing. A little dry “pull” of astringency gives this tea a desireable thirst-quenching quality. Its characteristis large, flat, somewhat ‘lumpy’ appearance makes it easily identifiable in a ’ guess what tea this is’ contest.

What Longjings have in common is the shape of the leaf and the pluck – two leaves and a young bud. While each tea is hand-made, they do have slightly diferent appearance because they are hand-shaped and made using the same pan-firing techniques.

Where Longjings differ is in the flavor – Longjing Dafo possesses a distinctive small leaf and a well-shaped appearance and signature taste that combines toastiness, nuttiness and delicacy in a unique way. From the first sip of the initial steeping right through to the lingering taste of the final cup, Longjing Dafo fills the palate with rich, fresh, satisfying flavor.

There is a long history of tea cultivation and tea drinking in this region: much of it began centuries ago to supply the needs of the resident monks and visiting scholars at the Dafo Buddhist Temple ( constructed 4th century BC).

Once again, our tea supplier has kept our price for Longjing Dafo Village the same as it was last year, and that is good news indeed.

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I just love the look of a Dafo, the uniform flat dry appearance and the way it steeps, dancing in the cup, unfurling it’s beautiful two leaves and a bud. This tea is teaching me. It’s teaching me that longjing is not longjing is longjing, is longjing. What an expansive world.

Again, I think this tea suffered every so slightly from Tea Trekker’s (TT) clear sample packaging, or maybe this Dafo is not quite as pristine as some others I’ve seen, but it still is lovely to look at. And again the photo posted here, from the Tea Trekker site, does it justice. That’s so appreciated. When pictures aren’t available I always take great effort to make sure I photograph them in a way that represents them well. Glad to see TT goes the distance.

I jumped into this tea hoping it might bring me around to Dafo. I hate that I like the visual aesthetic and ritual of Dafo, but don’t appreciate the taste equally. I hit it with my usual tumbler/decanting routine, linked in my profile. But after a couple of tries I’m not particularly excited about this tea.

I’ve come to two conclusions:

1. To really get this tea to a place where I find a strong enough flavor, I have to steep it in a more traditional sense, letting it go a good 2-3 mins, allowing 2/3 of the leaves to sink. Maybe it’s the denser leaves, or possibly less surface area is exposed with this. I don’t know.

2. This tea strangely reminds me of many of the white teas I’ve had. I really noticed it had a stronger affinity with their flavor profiles.

Overall I found it a bit dryer, with some hay qualities, while having a light sweet aftertaste.

I still can’t say I’m joining Team Dafo anytime soon, but it sure can be pretty.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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