Our pre-Qingming 2020 West Lake Dragon Well Organic Green Tea is here - and it is sublime!
Dragon Well is one of the most celebrated green teas of China. It is also called Long Jing and comes in many grades. This one is among the top grades. This green tea meets all requirements for quality: is from West Lake the best area for Dragon Well, was harvested early spring before Qingming festival (15th day after spring equinox), has a beautiful appearance with each individual tea bud hand-pressed, and the taste is fresh and very satisfying.
LEAF: Tender budsets, color recalling the earliest shoots on the tea bush with a lovely fresh floral and toasty aroma.
INFUSED LEAF: Pale green, succulent buds with sweet notes of chestnut.
CUP: Pale green with fragrant floral, vegetal and nutty aroma. Lingering sweet finish.
1 level tbsp or 2.5 gm per 8 oz cup
2 mins. Second steep 3 min.
Yuhang area, Hangzhou. Zhejiang Province, China
Manufacture: 20 March, 2020
Cultivar: Qun Ti Zhong (old mix cultivar)
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I am writing this review with a fresh cup of West Lake Dragon Well / Xi Hu Long Jing, Pre-Qingming 2020 beside me. This is an exquisite tea. The leaves are long and thin with a strong fragrance right out of the bag. The tea is lighter than I'd expected even after three minutes of steeping--an almost silvery green--and the flavor is rich and complex. It's wonderful and relaxing. I bought this tea to pair with reading with Grace Lin's WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON. There's a tea mentioned in the book that is said to cure the Green Tiger's poison: "The steaming liquid slipped down her throat and seemed to fill every part of her with a fresh energy. She took another sip of tea and breathed in the tangy fragrance which smelled familiar." I'm not sure if the author had Dragon Well tea in mind when she wrote this, but I can't think of a better way to describe this excellent tea.
High quality teas and very responsive customer service. We will continue to purchase tea from Happy Earth Tea.
Great tea as always from Happy Earth Tea! I would have to taste this grade back to back with their standard Long Jing. I'm not sure if my palette is sophisticated enough to enjoy the differences between the two haha! Makes a great cup though, I definitely enjoy it.
Thank you Greg! The Xi Hu Dragon Well should have more body and be smoother than the Jade Mountain, our regular Long Jing.