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Chinese Famous Green Tea - Dragon Well (Longjing)

Dragon Well  is produced in West Lake in the Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China.  This is the optimal place for the tea farmers and manufacturers to produce Dragon Well, which has become known as “China Famous Tea”.  There are three famous appellations for Longjing green tea, including Xihu (also known as West Lake), Qiantang and Yuezhou.   Amongst those top producers of Dragon Well in China, the West Lake Xihu plant produces the most premium quality Dragon Well, the top level of Longjing called Shifeng Longjing.

Dragon Well tea, which is also known as “Longjing” tea, is a premium grade traditional green tea from China which has a history dating more than a thousand years. As legend has it, Emperor Qianlong had been to the south of the Yangtze River six different times, while he went to the Dragon Well area four times to observe the tea picking process.  Having tasted the tea, and composed poetry of its beauty in person, Emperor Qianlong had awarded the eighteen tea bushes of Hangzhou Shifeng, Mountain Royal Tea. Because of this renown, for a time Hangzhou Shifeng became a mecca for all, with delicately beautiful mountains and crystal clear water, making it a popular destination in China.

Dragon Well  is produced in West Lake in the Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China.  This is the optimal place for the tea farmers and manufacturers to produce Dragon Well, which has become known as “China Famous Tea”.  There are three famous appellations for Longjing green tea, including Xihu (also known as West Lake), Qiantang and Yuezhou.   Amongst those top producers of Dragon Well in China, the West Lake Xihu plant produces the most premium quality Dragon Well, the top level of Longjing called Shifeng Longjing.

Dragon Well is a delicate tea, which has to be picked at just the right time for the perfect tea.  Generally, the earlier the Dragon Well leaves are picked the better.  The very highest quality Dragon Well teas are plucked before Tomb Sweeping Day (which occurs in early April), and is hence called “Ming Qian Tea”.  When Dragon Well is plucked, the tea workers focus on being tender and gentle with the leaves so that the quality is retained.  Sometimes only one tender top bud is picked, which is called the “Heart of Lotus”.  When the tender top bud and top leaf is picked, the resulting leaf with a bud resembles the form of a gun, and is thus called “Flag Gun”.  When a bud and the top two leaves are picked, they look like the tongue of the Stellaria uliginosa and so it is called that in China.

Dragon Well is a beautiful tea, the dry leaves are smooth, flattened and spear-like in shape, with the lighter colors representing better grades of Dragon Well. The dry leaves present a delicately light aromatic fragrance which is mellow and sweet.  Longjing tea was remarkably sweet, with the sweetness perhaps most evident in the finish and aftertaste. The main body of the tea is equal parts savory and sweet with the savory side hinting at grainy, nutty, and even green bean flavors. 

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The Health Benefits of Dragon Well Tea 

 

Dragon Well green tea includes 3.7% of amino acids, 12.1% of catechins, 4.0% of Caffeine, 18.5% of Camellia sinensis (Tea Polyphenols), Vitamin C, and many other trace minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. The nutritional value of Dragon Well green tea is more than that of many other green teas, which is what makes Dragon Well tea such a powerhouse of nutritional benefits, and helps to keep your body healthy and free of toxins.