Tuesday 11 June 2013 by
The beauty of a great Dragon Well (Long Jing) green tea is in its balance of verdant freshness and satisfying nuances of roasted hazel nuts...so easy to enjoy but so difficult to find a really good example.
Beginning with the Leaf…
The quality of the raw leaf is the foundation. This year, an organic garden, nestled in mountains near the ancient Song Dynasty capital of Hangzhou, captured our hearts and mouths with its pure, plump buds and leaves.
The leaves are just the beginning: an over-fired Dragon Well (so often seen) is dull and without spring-freshness; too lightly fired and the tea tastes raw and unsatisfying. Edward Eisler, took the time to spend days with the tea makers, tasting every batch and working with them to refine the firing to perfect result.
How to Enjoy…
It is fine to enjoy the aromas, texture and taste of Dragon Well on its own. But in China, the best new season’s new teas are served alongside a spread of simple treats: cherry tomatoes, bright green pistachios, melon and sunflower seeds...enjoy with friends or indulge alone.
This year we’ve managed to source two Dragon Well teas worthy of the JING mark, available now from JING at:
Thursday 16 May 2013 by
With Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner, we are delighted to have partnered with London’s leading patissier & chocolatier, William Curley, to create a special tea and patisserie menu to celebrate the prestigious event.
William has been hard at work creating an outstanding array of delicate patisseries in honour of the event and we've selected a unique range of teas to complement their intricate flavours.
This exclusive menu will be available from 21st- 25th May at William Curley's Belgravia boutique to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show.
Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Menu: The ones to look out for….
- William’s Rose, raspberry & lychee dome paired with JING Keemun and Rose Tea.
- Jasmine Mandarin Pyramid paired with JING Jasmine Silver Needle Tea.
We are also happy to announce an exclusive discount for JING customers - 15% off London’s Finest patisserie & chocolate when you order online at William Curley using the following code, JINGCHOC (valid: 16th May - 30th May).
Friday 17 February 2012 by
In The Field: Okayti Estate, Darjeeling in India
In this blog we want to show you our pictures, taken by our staff, from across the world. This week's subject is Okayti Estate. Okayti Estate is found In Darjeeling Region in India. It produces some of the worlds finest teas. See some of the pictures taken whilst we visited the estate.
Expansive View Across the Okayti Estate
A huge range of teas is produced at Okayti, ranging from traditional first and second flush Darjeelings to white teas, green teas and even oolong teas. While we were visiting, first flush teas were being produced.
Tea Pickers Taking a Break from the Intense Sun
The estate employs 1000 permanent staff. All staff and dependants, totalling around 4000 people live on the estate, living almost entirely self sufficient lives. There are schools, hospitals, shops and markets located on the estate. Okayti Estate also boasts the oldest tea processing factory in Darjeeling, established in 1888.
Tea Pickers on the Steep Slopes of Okayti Estate
A truly breathtaking view of the startling green tea bushes and the dramatic topography of the region.