Imperial Dragon Well Tea From Hangzhou * Long Jing Tea

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Almond, Apple Skins, Meat, Nutty, Pleasantly Sour, Spinach, Umami, Vegetables, Zucchini, Brown Toast, Malt, Oats, Green Beans, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Not available
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 80 oz / 2367 ml

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  • “Longjing isn’t my jam, but I do appreciate it from time to time. I usually brew longjing 2 tsp/8oz/175F/grandpa with two top-offs but I cut down to 1 tsp for this tea specifically because of what...” Read full tasting note
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  • “As one would expect from a good Long Jing, this is quite a delicate and nutty affair. The main notes I get are almonds, eggwhites, cooked vegetables (courgette, spinach) and also cooked poultry....” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “Sadly, I am reviewing the 2016 harvest of this tea in 2018. I am so bad at finishing fresh teas (green and white) in a timely fashion… Despite being 2 years old, this is still an excellent tea. ...” Read full tasting note
    91
  • “First cup, very smooth, nutty, sweet. Got lost in drinking and stopped recording notes, but man the pineapple note REALLY turned up in cup 3. Delicious and awesome!” Read full tasting note
    89

From Yunnan Sourcing

Our Dragon Well (Long Jing) Teas were picked in the early Spring before the Qing Ming holiday. They have been selected from trusted growers located on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang. The temperate, overcast and rainy winter climate of Hangzhou contributes to the tenderness and sweetness of the buds and leaves which are picked early in the Spring and are then expertly pan-fried in a wok which further brings out the tea’s unique characteristics, with slight sweet and bitter subtleties and the distinguished ‘roasted chestnut’ aroma.

This is our highest grade of Long Jing tea! The leaves and buds are extremely small and uniform and are light green in color. The soup produced is exceptionally soft and fragrant, and a very pleasant ‘hui gan’ lingers in the back of the mouth and throat well after drinking. The taste and aroma last through many infusions, and the brewed leaves give a particularly good mouth-feel when chewed on!

We recommend you order other grades first before ordering this one. Taste this side by side with Premium and Fancy grades we offer and you will taste the difference.

During the Qing Dynasty, the imperial Qing court considered Dragon Well to be the tea of choice for summer consumption while they favored Pu-erh tea during the winter. This is likely due to the soft, refreshing, and cooling taste that the tea provides.

The recommended way to brew Dragon Well tea is to use approximately 4 or 5 grams of tea for 250ml of water, in a glass cup or glass cha hai pitcher. Though some may prefer to slightly rinse the first infusion, the most common way is to NOT rinse the leaves. Use water that is about 80~90 degrees and infuse for 1 to 2 minutes before drinking. Once the water in the glass/pitcher reaches halfway, pour more hot water and fill to the top. This can be repeated several times, mostly retaining the original flavor of the tea. No filter is needed and many enjoy chewing on or eating the tender leaves.

Experiment with amount of leaves, amount of water, and infusion times to reach your preferred strength of tea.

Early Spring 2018

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9 Tasting Notes

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Longjing isn’t my jam, but I do appreciate it from time to time.

I usually brew longjing 2 tsp/8oz/175F/grandpa with two top-offs but I cut down to 1 tsp for this tea specifically because of what it does to my mouth.

Most of the flattened leaves and needles are still vibrant 5 months after purchase. The silver bag has a smattering of fuzz. A few leaves here and there have a ball of light golden fuzz stuck to them which makes it look like some kind of leaf gall. Nope it’s fuzz. Cool.

The smell of many Chinese green teas is difficult for me to describe – I’d say this dragon well is kind of like cashew, oats and light cocoa. While brewing, the liquor has a strong fragrance of sweet roasted chestnut. A minute later, it tastes like a cross between green beans and sweet peas with some chestnut. After the tea glides across my tongue, the sweetness persists. I notice some astringency. Chew on the leaves that have a death-by-mastication wish. Good, no bitterness.

Second glass is noticeably lighter in flavor and aroma and some time into it, I notice that my mouth feels torn up like I ate a lemon. Twelve hours later, it’s still feeling rough. Is that the leaf’s revenge? Not very pleasant. Third glass was very light and not worth it.

Overall, it’s an ok tea. I always eat the leaves, so next time I’ll turn them away from my pearly gates to see if I still get a raw mouth. I’ve had longjings I like more and may even prefer lower grade.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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As one would expect from a good Long Jing, this is quite a delicate and nutty affair. The main notes I get are almonds, eggwhites, cooked vegetables (courgette, spinach) and also cooked poultry. It’s savoury, but maybe not as much so as it might seem from the flavours. Overall, the taste is actually quite balanced, with a touch of astringency and sourness in the finish, and very little bitterness. The mouthfeel is velvety, thick, and not too coating.

I can definitely recommend this tea to people who like Long Jing, but if you are not already onboard with this style of tea, you might want to look elsewhere for an introductory tea.

Flavors: Almond, Apple Skins, Meat, Nutty, Pleasantly Sour, Spinach, Umami, Vegetables, Zucchini

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
tanluwils

Sounds like one I should check out. My best friend is from Hangzhou and has relatives working in the tea industry there, so I’ve been a little spoiled with free longjing, albeit, past the 1-year mark and mid-grade. It would be nice to try fresh longjing that has more to it than those typical chestnut notes. Have you tried YS’s other grades of this tea?

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Sadly, I am reviewing the 2016 harvest of this tea in 2018. I am so bad at finishing fresh teas (green and white) in a timely fashion…

Despite being 2 years old, this is still an excellent tea. It has a delicious nutty, malted sugar, almost roasted cereal or oats aroma. Nutty, roasted vegetable, toasted bread flavour.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Malt, Nutty, Oats

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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First cup, very smooth, nutty, sweet.
Got lost in drinking and stopped recording notes, but man the pineapple note REALLY turned up in cup 3. Delicious and awesome!

Preparation
6 g 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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I drank this twice, actually, but this morning it was a sipdown. Thanks to Ubacat for sharing!

I first drank this a few weeks ago after I finished reading Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear – because it contains a dragon that lives in a lake, and they actually call the location in question “Lung Ching”. Hooray for second-world fantasy series that aren’t set in Europe!

I finished it off today because I finally published my review of the Eternal Sky series, of which Steles of the Sky is the conclusion. Review at: http://booksandtea.ca/2015/08/book-review-the-eternal-sky-trilogy-by-elizabeth-bear/

The tea itself is pleasant and nutty, and produced a really pale liquor despite oversteeping. No astringency, which was nice. However, dragonwell teas don’t really ring my bell – I just figured it would be the perfect tea to commemorate this book/series.

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This is my very first tea of the day. Well, first REAL tea. I had to fast to get a blood test done this morning and just ate breakfast out having a green tea in a restaurant for the morning. So to me that didn’t really count as a REAL tea.

This tea is delicious. It’s sooo pricey though compared to some other teas at YS.

I brewed it gongfu trying out my new glass gaiwan. The only other gaiwan I had was a tiny one and I wanted a bigger one that could take a little bit more volume. I soon learned that it’s much harder to handle when it’s bigger. The whole thing comes dangerously close to flying apart when I can’t get a good grip on it. I still like it though. It’s nice to see the green leaves through the glass.

This dragonwell is deliciously sweet and nutty with a green bean taste to it. So fresh! Even at the price it is, I would consider getting more of this tea.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet

Stephanie

The price is not bad compared to other pre-Qing Ming dragonwells :)

Ubacat

I haven’t looked around but you’re probably right. YS has good prices.

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199 tasting notes

Beautifully sweet and nutty :)
Thanks Stephanie!

Stephanie

:D :D :D

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Wow! I love early spring Dragonwell!

SO SWEET! Nectar of the gods for sure :D

TeaBrat

A good dragonwell is amazing :)

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