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Dragon Well Limited Edition - Rare Loose Leaf

No. 59

Dragon Well Limited Edition - Rare Loose Leaf

Chinese Green Tea

Breathe new life into your day with our limited-edition Dragon Well green tea, a light and delicate microbatch brew of spring-like and subtly complex character.

From: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

LOOSE LEAF
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ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

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The origins of our Longjing Dragon Well (2021) Chinese Green Tea


You can virtually taste spring in our No. 59 luxury Longjing Dragon Well green tea. Light and delicate, with a breezy aroma that has strong undertones of toasted grass, this speciality Chinese tea opens in the mouth to reveal subtle yet complex flavours. It has fresh umami characters with roasted chestnuts and a delightful buttery sweetness with floral notes and hints of grassy meadows that make it perfect as a post-meal or afternoon infusion.

A micro-batch brew from Zhejiang province in Eastern China, Dragon Well is one of our 2020 limited-edition loose leaf teas. Sourced from Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang and one of the country's most iconic tea-growing regions, the tea leaves are harvested before the Qingming tomb-sweeping festival, traditionally held in early April to honour ancestors and celebrate the onset of spring.

Only the most tender new buds are selected for this distinctive tea – a fact reflected in our Dragon Well's soft yellow-green hue that almost seems to glow in the cup. Once carefully harvested, these buds are laid out in the sun to dry before being dried and shaped by hand in large woks placed over heat. The result is this tea's elegant bright green leaves – slender and pressed into a flattened form that retains all the antioxidant-rich health benefits of a premium green tea.

Learn about how we selected this special tea


How we chose our limited-edition Dragon Well Tea


It can take years to master the skills required to correctly wither, press and dry the leaves for a premium Dragon Well tea like this one. Also referred to as simply 'Longjing', or Lung Ching, Dragon Well is one of China's 10 most famous teas, and this one is extraordinary – picked for our Rare & Limited range by The Tea Makers of London master taster from numerous teas flown in from around the world.

For tea to make it into our Rare & Limited range, the teas have to be single-origin, single-harvest (micro-batch) from independent artisan farmers and produced using traditional methods. Most of all, the teas have to be authentic and the best representations of their kind – in a word, sublime, just like this one.


Alternatives to this Chinese loose leaf tea


If you love our limited-edition Dragon Well, The Tea Makers of London has plenty more early-harvest spring teas for you to choose from. For another 'king of Chinese green teas', try our refreshing Dragon Well Longjing or the mellow, delicate and pesticide-free Organic Dragon Well. Jasmine Dragon Pearls is a beautiful infusion made of tiny tea balls that unfurl hypnotically as they brew for an intensely floral tea. And if you delight in a more lingering flavour, see our Mao Feng tea from Fujian – distinctive for its long, dark green downy leaves and aromatic characters.

Read more about the history of Dragon Well Tea and how it's processed in our Tea Journal.

For a traditional tea experience and a fuller flavour, we recommend drinking Dragon Well tea from a Yixing Clay teapot. As with our other Chinese teas, you can also brew the tea in one of our luxury Gaiwans.

Ingredients


Pure Chinese green tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a roasted chestnut aroma and soft yellow infusion. A complex yet subtle flavours with toasted nutty and creamy notes and buttery and sweet mouthfeel.

Region


The West Lake is an oval-shaped freshwater lake in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, Eastern China. Mountains dominate the region on three sides where rivers carrying runoff from the peaks flow into the lakes. The West Lake itself sits at an elevation of 10m, however the peaks of the Tianmu Mountains, to the West of the city. can soar up to 1,000m above sea level.

Learn more about West Lake in Zhejiang, home of the famous Dragon Well Tea

The climate here is temperate Humid Subtropical (CFA), with strong seasonality. There is generally cloud cover year round within the West Lake, with just a gentle breeze picking up across the sea to east. The summers are short and typically very hot, with temperatures fluctuating between 22°C and 34°C, with significant and persistent overcast skies paired with rainfall which drives humidity anywhere between 50% and 99% saturation.

As the season progresses into autumn, the temperature, precipitation and humidity decrease until the winter, which experiences lower rainfall than any other time of the year, but with temperatures between 5°C and 8°C. Spring brings warmer weather and more rain, with humidity around 25%. The lake draws its water from the Qiantang river. It is famous for its lotuses, which bloom in June.

The shores are home to hundreds species of plant, including rare, protected species such as the wild soybean or short-spike bamboo. To lake is surrounded by abundant trees, including peach trees, willows, magnolia and cherry trees. The lake was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 for its outstanding garden design. The fertile hills above the lake, which are misty for most of the year, offer the perfect landscape for tea growing.

How to brew

3g

3g

80°C

80°C

200ml

200ml

2mins

2mins

Dragon Well Limited Edition - Rare Loose Leaf

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