Results: A velvety green tea with the rich notes of butter beans. I drank two samples in one day and wished I had more. An excellent choice for both the experienced & new green tea enthusiast.
Origin: Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Tasting: 7 / 175°/ 150m / R5-20-30-40-50-60 (seconds)
Gong-Go Gear: ingenuiTEA (get yours via my Amazon Affiliate Link)
Average number of infusions: 5
Green tea is one of my favorites, and I’ve recently found myself craving it. Basing my home in the desert, I usually prefer greens in the summer when its hot and I want something lite. But for the last week or so, every time I think about having a cup its always a green tea that I’m longing for.
Luckily I had two samples from Teavivre that I hadn’t gotten to yet. Personally, I’m a sencha man and not had much luck with Dragon Wells. After researching this review I suspect that those I’ve had in the past were either not true Long Jing or one of the lesser grades – or possibly I just didn’t brew it correctly.
Listed as one of China’s ten great teas, Dragon Well is broken down into six grades Superior and 1 through 5. To be considered authentic it must come from Zhejiang Province. Long Jing has a long and storied history going back 1200 years. It was even the tea presented to President Richard Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1972. Teavivre also lists on their website some additional classification for Long Jing that I was unaware of:
I thoroughly enjoyed Teavivre’s Dragon Well Long Jing and have reassessed my opinion of this green tea. Light and refreshing, it was infused with notes of butter beans and cream. I devoured 10grams in one day and when finished, wished I had more.
Light vegetal notes of asparagus & beans
Uniform light green/gold
The palest of green golds
Creamy vegetal notes of butter beans
Velvety and juicy
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
The first infusion was very light & refreshing
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
Delicious with the creamy notes of butter beans
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
The best two infusions, both rich and luscious.