This 2nd flush Longjing has been meticulously handcrafted by Master Ting on his farm in the mountains around the West Lake area of Hangzhou – an area believed by the Chinese to be proof of Heaven on Earth. Longjing or Dragon Well is a delectable and renowned Chinese green tea. It is the unique method of wok roasting that gives the tea such a distinctive shape and flavour.
Legend holds that Longjing was named after a dragon that dwelled in an old temple well. People came to pray to the dragon for rain as early as Wu of Three Kingdoms (221-280), as it was believed he was a rain dragon and could break a drought.
The Xihu (West Lake) area is deeply buried in luxuriant trees and punctuated with mysterious springs and streams. The region has been famous for tea production as well as a nexus point for monks, artists, intelligentsia, and emperors for centuries. Lonjing’s popularity was rooted when Qing Emperor Qian Long (1736-1795) visited the area and was so inspired by the tea that he wrote poetry and kept 18 bushes for his royal use ranking them as Tribute Tea Trees.