- Dragonwell Preparation
Known as the Queen of Green Teas, our Pre-Ming Meijiawu Longjing is a hand roasted green tea, full bodied and brisk with a heady bouquet and full green tea flavor with gentle flowery notes.
The tea used to produce Dragonwell is grown by the side of West Lake in Zhejiang Province. Dragonwell is distinguished by its beautiful sword shape, emerald color, intoxicating chestnut-like aroma and gentle sweet floral character. Longjing Tea is complex and multi-layered with the irresistible combination of warm and creamy mouthfeel, hazelnut notes and searingly spring-freshness. Our Imperial Dragonwell has a warm buttery aroma with undertones of lightly toasted fresh cereal and peas accented with sea salt and a light woody spice. The pleasantly gentle floral aroma has just a hint of caramel. It has a lively body with good weight and a silky, velvety mouthfeel and a lingering sweet and refreshing finish.
Ingredients: Artisan green tea
Origin: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Water Temperature: 158-170 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 rounded tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 1-3 minutes
Number of Infusions: 3
Our Imperial Dragonwell may be prepared in a standard teapot, or in your favorite mug or lidded gaiwan. To fully capture the depth and complexity of this fine tea we recommend a higher leaf to water ratio and a lower temperature than usual. Place 5 grams of leaf per 6 oz of liquid in a pre-warmed vessel, before infusing with 158 degree water for up to 1-3 minutes. (The lower temperature will better display the tea's unique sweetness without excessive astringency) As with all green teas, Imperial Dragonwell can be infused at least three times. Increase the time and temperature slightly with each subsequent infusion. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.
We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.