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Longjing (Dragonwell) West Lake Green Tea 2016 Spring Imperial Handmade - 50g

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Longjing (Dragonwell) West Lake Green Tea 2016 Spring Imperial Handmade is a premium example of this style of green tea.

The most famous green tea in China is certainly Longjing, which is grown in the mountains around the West Lake area of Hangzhou in the central coastal province of Zhejiang — an area believed by the Chinese to be proof of Heaven on Earth. Longjing (Dragonwell) was named after a well near the Old Longjing Temple some 1700 years ago. One legend goes that while digging this well during the Ming Dynasty, the person found a unique dragon-shaped stone and from that time on called it Dragonwell.

Longjing is often called the national drink of China and is frequently given to visiting heads of state. It is also a favorite tea of today's top leaders, with a portion of production reserved for government customers.

Like most other Chinese green tea, Longjing tea leaves are heated early in processing (after picking) to stop the natural "fermentation" process, which is a part of creating black and oolong teas. In the world of tea, the term "fermentation" refers to the actions of natural enzymes, present in the leaves, on the juices and tissues of the leaf; this is not "fermentation" in the true sense of the term (as, for example, the action of yeast in producing beer). The actions of these enzymes is stopped by 'firing' (heating in pans) or by steaming the leaves before they completely dry out. As is the case with other green teas (and 'white teas'), Longjing tea leaves are therefore "unfermented." When steeped, the tea produces a yellow-green color, a gentle, pure aroma, and a rich flavor. The tea contains vitamin C and amino acids, and has one of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas, second only to white teas.

Longjing tea was made famous by the Qing Emperors who loved Hangzhou City, most notably by Emperor Qian Long. While visiting Hu Gong Temple, Emperor Qian Long thought so highly of the Longjing that he claimed the 18 bushes for himself, ranking them as Tribute Tea Trees. These trees still exist, and visitors can view and admire these vibrant trees at the foot of Shi Feng Mountain.

shi fenggirl pickingDuring the Qing Dynasty, there were four general types, coming from 13 different villages in the West Lake Mountains. They were Shi (Lion), Long (Dragon), Yun (Cloud), Hu (Tiger). In 1949, the Chinese government standardized it to be three, Shi Feng Longjing (Lion Peak Dragonwell), Mei Wu Longjing and Xi Hu Longjing (West Lake Longjing). Shi Feng Longjing is considered the highest quality Longjing to be in Shi Feng, it is the only place that has the honor to contribute tea for China Zhong Nan Hai (general name for Chinese political men and statesmen). Its environment is said to be favored by God, with heaving ridges and peaks, tiny streams, and rich green forests. During spring time, it has an average rainfall with mist that engulfs the mountains and plains. Its geographical position and sandy soil are highly favorable to growing superior tea leaves. It is composed of four villages Weng Jia Shan, Longjing Chun, Yang Mei Qi Chun, and Man Jue Long Chun.

West Lake Longjing is famous for its chestnut aroma and sweet tea soup. Our west lake Longjing is directly purchased from the local tea farmer who has hand-fired the tea leaves. The high chestnut aroma is so enticing that it makes you want to eat the leaves. The floral and sweet tea liquid is a good beverage to relax with during busy day at work.

Tea tree: Local old Longjing bush

Origin: Tea planations around West Lake, Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province

Harvest time: 2016 spring, around May 6-8.

Picking standard: One bud with one or two leaves

Shape: Tight, flat

Dried tea color: Yellowish-green hue with beautiful substantial tea hair

Aroma: Fresh chestnut, and pleasing floral aroma

Taste: Extremely fresh, thick, long-lasting sweetness combined with beautiful, pervasive floral aroma

Quantity: 50 grams

Brewing vessel: Recommend using a glass cup to view tea buds dancing and displaying their beauty in the cup.

Brewing guidelines:

Glass cup: 2-3 grams per session (based on personal taste); the first infusion is 85-90°C or 185-194°F for about 2-3 minutes; the second is about 3-4 minutes. 

Brewing steps: First, warm up the glass cup and pour out the hot water. Second, put the teas in the warm cup and rotate it gently and smell the aroma. After that, pour 1/3 of 85 degree C water into the cup. Rotate the teas in the water gently for 10 seconds and smell the aroma. Finally, pour the additional 2/3 of the water to the cup again for the first infusion.

Infusion numbers: at least 4 times

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