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Organic Dragon Well Tea
Superfine Grade Loose Leaf Green Tea

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Authentic Organic West Lake Dragon Well Green Tea

Pinyin Chinese Name: Xīhú Jiāng Lǜchá

Dragon Well green tea, or “Long Jing”, is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas, and is often served to visiting heads of state. Our Organic Superfine Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea is made in the city of Hangzhou. With a delicate orchid aroma, it combines a great-tasting tea with great health benefits.

Whenever you feel upset or restless, Long Jing Tea is the perfect drink to relax and calm you.

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Tea Master's Notes

Origin:

Qiandao Lake, Chun'an County, Hangzhou City,

Zhejiang Province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

April 06, 2018

Dry Leaf:  

Flattened tea leaves, with one bud andone or two leaves,

covered with fuzzy hairs

Aroma: 

Floral, chestnut, stir-fried bean aroma

Liquor: 

Yellowish green

Taste: 

Smooth and mellow, brisk and highly refreshing,

quick sweet aftertaste

Tea Bush:

C. sinensis cv. Jiukeng

Tea Garden:

Qiandao Lake Organic Tea Garden

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

18 Months

Highlights

Dragon Well green tea, or “Long Jing”, is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas, and is often served to visiting heads of state. Apart from its delightfully sweet taste, with none of the bitterness that sometimes characterizes other green teas, Xihu Long Jing's significant difference from other green teas is the smooth flat appearance of the tea leaves. TeaVivre have selected a great example of this premium Xihu Long Jing tea.

Whenever you feel upset or restless, Long Jing Tea is the perfect drink to relax and calm you.

Origin

Chun'an County locates on the west of Zhejiang Province; here is the birth place of the first batch of national-level tea tree – Jiu Keng species, and also the most ancient tea area of China. The tea production history of Chun’an can date back to Eastern Han Dynasty, which is 2000 years from now. As the saying goes, good mountains and rivers produce good tea. A world-famous scenic spot, Qiandao Lake, is located in Chun’an. With fresh and clean air, over 95% forest coverage rate, Qiandao Lake is known as the "natural oxygen bar." It is the unique natural environment that provides an unparalleled and irreproducible environment to tea leaves.

Map of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China

The Estate

Qiandao Lake Organic Tea Garden is located in Chun’an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, with an average annual temperature of 17.0°C. The tea produced here has strong lingering aroma, taste mellow and smooth, and these features all thanks to:

Slightly Acidic Sandy Soil

The loose soil condition makes it breathable and water permeable; deep soil layer makes it rich in minerals and trace elements. So the tea grow here is rich in natural nutrition.

National First-level Water Conservation Area

The tea garden is nourished and influenced by the water of Qiandao Lake. Qiandao Lake is a national first-level water body, and its water can reach the drinking water standard without any treatment. Such an innate condition ensures that the environment in which the tea trees grow is pure and pollution-free, and gives the finished teas a natural sweet aftertaste.

Natural Oxygen Bar

The annual PM2.5 value of the Qiandao Lake area is lower than 20, where the air is fresh and the forest coverage rate in the lake area is high. The lake itself just like a huge air purifier, for its wide water area can release a large amount of negative oxygen ions every day, so that forms a big natural oxygen bar, and also nourishes the tea trees.

Shrouded by Mist and Clouds

Influenced by the regulation of the lake water, the local area is mist-shrouded, warm and humid all year round; clouds absorb ultraviolet rays to form diffuse lights, which is very favorable to the growth of tea trees and the transformation of its internal materials.

Botany

The fresh tea leaves are from tea plants of the Jiukeng species, also called Jiukeng Big-leaf. This variety of tea plant was originally found in Chun’an, Kaihua, in Zhejiang Province, and Shexian in Anhui Province. In the 1950s, it was introduced to tea-growing areas all around Zhejiang. In 1985 it was verified as a national species with number GS13023-1985 by the National Crop Variety Certification Committee. The dry leaves of the spring tea from this species contain about 3.4% amino acid, 20.9% tea polyphenols, 13.3% catechin and 4.1% caffeine, which makes them well suited for producing green tea.

Jiukeng Big-leaf Tea Plant

History

Xihu Long Jing - West Lake Dragon Well green tea - has a long, distinguished history of over 1200 years. During the Ming Dynasty, it became very popular and was listed as one of the top grade teas in China. During the reign of Emperor Shunzhi in the Qing Dynasty, the Emperor’s love for this tea meant that it was frequently presented by petitioners as a royal tribute.

After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Long Jing tea was divided into three categories - Lion Peak Long Jing, Mei Jia Wu Long Jing, and the premium Xihu Long Jing selected by TeaVivre. In 1996, the West Lake village of Hangzhou city was recognized by the government as the home of Long Jing tea. In recognition of the value and quality of this tea, and the importance of the local environment and culture in its production, the government introduced special protection for this area to preserve its natural state and unique tea culture.

Brewing Suggestion

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Cup Method

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Chinese Gongfu Method

spoon icon Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml spoon icon Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
thermometer icon 185℉ / 85℃ thermometer icon 185℉ / 85℃
leaf icon 2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea leaf icon 4g Tea
pouring teapot icon Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins Pouring teapot icon 4 steeps: rinse, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds