Dragon Well Green Tea – Longjing
This is a Sichuan version of longjing – one of China’s oldest and most famous teas, originally grown in the Zhejiang province. Longjing has warm autumn notes of chestnuts and a refreshing fragrance of a sea breeze. The tea offers a pleasant aftertaste that transmutes from neutrally mellow to nutty over the brewing process.
Why we like it?
Dragon well tea is quite appealing visually, which makes it perfect material for tea ceremonies. Put some leaves in a high glass, add hot water, and bask in rays of glory as your audience gets carried by the sight of dangling leaves that swell gradually, restoring their pristine form.
Roman’s personal score: 90/100
Miha’s personal score: 91/100
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Steeping suggestions for Dragon Well Longjing
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 6 grams (0.2oz – about 1 tsp)
- water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
- time: 30-60 seconds
- number of infusions: 5-6
- discard the first brew
Keep infusion time under one minute. Oversteeping this delicate tea may bring out some bitterness.
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