- Region: Shifeng Mountain, Zheijang, China
- Year: 2015
- Dry Tea Leaves: flat, long mostly light green tea leaves
- Liquor: Pale Yellow
- Brewing: Gongfu style using a small glass teapot
There are times you take things granted in your life! Things that are part of your daily routine but you’re blind enough to overlook and not cherish them enough! And some day when you do not have it anymore it hits you that something huge is missing in your mind and heart. If you’re lucky enough it’s not that late and you can get back whatever is missing in your life.
Same way there are teas you drink almost every day and they become part of your daily routine; as a result you don’t appreciate them enough. Today I’ll review one of these teas: Dragon Well (aka LongJing). It’s a classic, it might be the most popular green tea in China.
Dry tea leaves of this week’s tea smell seaweed and grass with floral notes. They are flat as you expect from any Dragon Well green tea, they are wok-roasted I guess.
I brew it Gongfu style using a glass teapot in order to enjoy the leaves as they reveal themselves. The liquor is pale yellow and crystal clear. The aroma is grassy and floral as well. I went for just a minute for first infusion which produced delicately sweet and light flavor with a hint of grassiness in the background. The mouthfeel is velvety and the aftertaste was sweet yet left a drying sensation. The second infusion took about one and a half minute and it’s stronger than first infusion both flavor and aroma-wise. It’s also produced somewhat bitterness but a welcomed one. In total I’ve made four infusions. In the third infusion, which took about two minutes, flavor started to fade away yet still good. In the fourth infusion tea leaves revealed themselves fully which reminded me it’s time to go no further.
This Dragon Well green tea from Teavivre is one of the best examples of this classic tea I’ve ever tried so far. From now on I’d be more careful not to pass many days without drinking it!