Saturday, October 7, 2023

Tea Review: Imperial Dragon Well (Yunnan Sourcing)

Imperial Dragon Well Tea/Long Jing
Yunnan Sourcing
Type: Green
Origin: China, Zhejiang Province, Xinchang County
Product Description: 
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!
Temperature: 175°-190° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

The dry leaves have a savory aroma with notes of nuts and sunflower seeds.  

The pale yellow-green infusion has a rich and savory aroma with notes of nuts and sunflower seeds.  The taste is savory, smooth, and nutty with a light, sweet finish. 

This tea was given to me some time ago and I was delighted to find it still had quite a bit of life left in it.  The aroma was rich and savory and the taste remained smooth with nutty and seed-like notes throughout three infusions with the first being the most flavorful.  While I enjoyed the results from steeping for 3 minutes using 175° F water, a longer steep at a temp of 190° F or higher also produced a pleasant cup of tea.

This tea was received as a gift from a third party.

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