2018 Shi Feng West Lake Dragonwell (Long Jing), Pre-Ming
The production of dragonwell dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD), giving this green tea an impressively long history. Even then, it was prized for its unique appearance and taste, growing under ideal conditions thanks to the local spring water from nearby West Lake and the mountains protecting the area from cold, northern winds.
Within the West Lake region are a series of hills and mountains, each with progressively better soil and higher elevation. Among these, the most highly regarded is Lion’s Peak or Shi Feng. It was at this location around 250 years ago that Emperor Qian Long of the Qing dynasty, so impressed with the quality of the tea, appropriated 18 bushes of his own, designating them as tribute tea. Soon after, it became the most sought after tea in China and around the world.
Between the beautiful scenery and the rich history, it is still easy to see today why this tea is so special. Hand-crafted and produced pre-ming, this is an exceptional tea in every respect. Whereas dragonwell tends to be associated with nutty flavors, Shi Feng possesses an elegance with its unusually floral fragrance and huigan (回甘), a beautiful, sweet aftertaste, as if one were comfortably floating backward in time to pleasant, familiar moments. There is little question that this tea is an exceptional treat for the discriminating connoisseur, and once you taste true dragonwell, you will never forget it.
Origin: Shi Feng Mountain, Huangzhou, China
Varietal: Qunti zhong, traditional local varietal
Harvest: Pre-Ming 2018, click to read our blog
Caffeine level: Medium
Health Benefits: Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. Studies suggest green tea has the following health benefits.
- Helps to fight cancer
- Helps to reduce radiation
- Helps to relax mind and reduce stress
- Helps to reduce the effects of aging
- Helps to reduce blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
- Helps to detox the body
This is exceptionally artisan made tea, has elegant floral notes, nutty flavor, very smooth and sweet that lingers in your mouth and nose.
180oF, 4g (2 tbsp) for 6-8 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1 minute, up to 3 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
To get the most enjoyment out of the tea, we recommend using a glass brewing vessel without an infuser, pouring the hot water first, adding the tea, and then smelling the amazing aroma and admiring the opening of the tea leaves.