Green Tea

Dragon Well

Fresh, Velvety, Inspiring Wangfu Garden, Zhejiang, China
One of China's most famous green teas, our Dragon Well is picked in early spring and pan-fired for a sweet, roasted chestnut flavour, with the complexity and refreshing quality for which this tea has become iconic.

Dragon Well

龙井绿茶

Grown in the hills just outside Hangzhou, our Dragon Well is a perfect introduction to the unique taste of this celebrated green tea. Expertly crafted by tea master Mr Chen, the fresh leaves are pan-fired, then shaped into beautiful spears that elicit a sweet, lightly roasted chestnut flavour. The name Dragon Well is a direct translation of the Mandarin name Long Jing, which refers to the myth of an ancient dragon that appears in the water of a well, near to the site where this tea was first created.

  • Cultivar - Jiu Keng
  • Picked - Spring
  • Oxidisation level - 0%

Tasting notes

  • What to Look For

    Characteristic flattened spears of dappled green and yellow leaves.

  • Aroma

    Grassy and slightly nutty, with light tropical fruit notes.

  • In the Cup

    Bright, glowing pine green.

  • Taste

    Smooth, creamy, spring-fresh and hazelnut sweet.

Origin

Grown in the hills just outside Hangzhou, our Dragon Well is a perfect introduction to the unique taste of this celebrated green tea. Expertly crafted by tea master Mr Chen, the fresh leaves are pan-fired, then shaped into beautiful spears that elicit a sweet, lightly roasted chestnut flavour. The name Dragon Well is a direct translation of the Mandarin name Long Jing, which refers to the myth of an ancient dragon that appears in the water of a well, near to the site where this tea was first created.

  • Cultivar - Jiu Keng
  • Picked - Spring
  • Oxidisation level - 0%

Origin

Tasting notes

  • What to Look For

    Characteristic flattened spears of dappled green and yellow leaves.

  • Aroma

    Grassy and slightly nutty, with light tropical fruit notes.

  • In the Cup

    Bright, glowing pine green.

  • Taste

    Smooth, creamy, spring-fresh and hazelnut sweet.

The perfect cup

  • Measure 4g or 4tsp per cup (250ml)
  • Heat water to 80°C
  • Infuse tea for 3 minutes
  • You can re-infuse this tea twice

Customer Reviews

1 of 9 Reviews
80% of 100
4 out of 5
  1. Rating
    100%

    5 years ago

    Well of infinite happiness

    The title says it all....
  2. Rating
    60%

    5 years ago

    Not bad for the price

    A noticable downgrade from the supreme but at a much better price
  3. Rating
    60%

    7 years ago

    Pleasant but not nearly as good as last years

    Was a little disappointed with the 2013 batch. It tastes slightly over fired to me. The first brew is OK but I'm not a fan of the taste of the second brew. Last years was far better. The overly roasted flavor just seems to stomp on the sweet subtlety. Hopefully next years will be better!
  4. Rating
    60%

    7 years ago

    A bit sensitive

    I find this tea too sensitive. I think the first brew is excellent and as others before me have commented, very nutty and silky. I find the later infusions lack flavour despite trying to brew at a cooler temp. I would say first brew 5 star, later brews 2 stars. Overall a 3 star
  5. Rating
    80%

    9 years ago

    needs slightly higher temperture

    just tried the dragonwell, and the first brew i tried it I used 70c water, and three minutes infusing. it came out slightly bitter and a bit light. the second infusion i upped the temp to 80 en infused again for three minutes, and this time the flavours were there. it had the freshness i was looking for. and slightly roosted and silky feel were really nice.normally i brew dragonwells at 80, but for infused beginning at 1 minute, then second inf. at 30 sec. and then raising it till there's no flavour. this way you can have 5-6 infusions which are all different. i'm going to try this way another time
  6. Rating
    80%

    9 years ago

    Delicate and very subtle

    This was my first Dragon Well tea, and I followed the guidelines for cooler brewing. I was disappointed when I first tried it. I really couldn't taste very much at all! I came back to it another night, and realised that I had underestimated how subtle it was. With an open mind for subtlety, I tried again with better results. This is basically the purest green tea experience- sweet grassy notes with no bitterness. You need to be in the mood for simplicity and purity with this one. For me there were no complex nuances of fruit/flower/wine/nut or anything else. But maybe that is the fine quality of this particular tea- the purest smoothest green sweet grass, and no complications.
  7. Rating
    80%

    10 years ago

    Best Standard Long Jing around

    Beautiful S grade Long Jing, Jing's even has a slight coconut taste which is just divine. I would say this Long Jing is nuttier than many and not as grassy as others. It also retains flavor well into the 3rd infusion. I am at the moment drinking Canton Teas standard grade Long Jing, and to be honest i wish i had bought more of Jing's one! I am very very keen to try their supreme grade Long Jing, perhaps on my next order!!! I should also say that i always brew my green tea at 65c 50 for anji bai cha, to me this brings out the full pallete of flavors, otherwise all you taste is just boiled amino acids and you loose all the nuances. All in all a very nice strong bodied Long Jing, and certainly IMO the best standard around.
  8. Rating
    100%

    10 years ago

    Smooth

    Brew correctly this is a sublime tea. Among one of the best chest nutty bad boys. As others have said brew at 70c. I actually just do my first brew at around 1 to 1 and half mins. Keeps the first brew really fragrant and fresh then I go in for the chest nut brew and leave it in for 3-5 mins.
  9. Rating
    100%

    10 years ago

    Excellent tea with subtle flavours and pleasing after taste

    I tried this tea as part of the Green Tea Explorer and found it to be an instant favourite. I drink it every morning before breakfast to help clear my mind and help me feel fresh and lively. I particularly enjoy its light, subtle flavour that has hints of real character, it's slight sweetness and the enjoyable after taste. I brew it for four minutes at just about 70 C in my small glass teapot and drink it out of little Yi Xing clay tea cups. All in all an excellent tea that out of all the teas in the Green Tea Explorer I shall definitely be ordering again.
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