Imperial DragonwellLoose Leaf Tea | Green
Wings of devotion part the clouds of disbelief. Villagers pray. A sea dragon answers. A drought ends. Honoring a hero, a region is reborn with fame and fortune.
AROMA: Grassy, heady overtones
PALATE: Sweet, distinguished structure
PURPOSE: An auspicious journey
Exceptional 3rd grade Dragonwell; mild taste and beautiful pale celadon liquor.
Estate grade Lung Ching green tea
Dragonwell, or Lung Ching, is one of the most famous of the Chinese green teas, grown in picturesque Hangzhou, Zheijiang Province, China. Unlike steam-fired Japanese green teas that are vegetal, Lung Ching has an impeccable balance between green character and the nori-like composition found in Japanese Sencha teas. It is typically harvested several days before Qingming when the new twigs have just begun to grow (this is when you will see the coveted "one leaf and a bud" grade). The harvesting is very labour intensive; it takes up to 50,000 tender leaves to yield 1 kg of tea. Many legends surround the discovery of tea. The oldest known is this Chinese tale: One breezy day in the year 2737 BCE, in the shade of his garden, the Emperor Chen-Nung was enjoying a cup of boiled water, the hygienic custom of the day. Carried by the wind, leaves from a neighbouring bush fell into his imperial cup. They were leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, and the Emperor experienced such a feeling of refreshment and well-being that he vowed to take a cup each day. Thus was born the custom of drinking tea.
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I was gifted some Dragonwell tea from China several years ago and loved it so much but had waffled over buying it myself because of the price tag. This one from Tealeaves is a great value and the flavor is superb!
I am a fan of the more subtle flavors of a green tea. Some tend to lean into being a little bitter, or a little more intense in the flavor profile. Yet this green tea hits the sweet spot of being the adequate amount of flavorful while being a rich and traditional green tea. There's no hiding the fact that this is now my favorite loose leaf tea, and if you are a fan of the nice soothing richness of a green tea that does not attack your senses or leave a sting at the end, this is one you should definitely try.