• Lion Mountain Longjing Dragon Well

Lion Mountain Longjing (Dragon Well) 獅峰龍井

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Origin: Westlake, Zhejiang, China  中國浙江西湖

Farmer: Jiang Ting  蔣廷

Harvest: 2nd flush Spring 2014

Taste: savoury, chestnuts, reed freshness, hint of salt

Essence: cleansed, mindful, graceful

Pairings: shellfish, aged Gruyere, heart opening when rose petals are added

Brewing: 75-80˚, 3g (2 tbs) per 200 ml, 35 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase subsequent infusion times to taste.

Storage: airtight in the freezer

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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.

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