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29th July 2021

By JING Tea

What’s So Special About Dragon Well Green Tea?

Dragon Well, also known as Longjing, is one of the most celebrated green teas in the world, and it’s the only one to have a protected designation of origin.

Dragon Well has all the spring-fresh character and floral notes prized in green tea, but also unusually for green tea it has a warming, chestnut comfort. A few weeks ago, our team in China spent a few days in and around Hangzhou, Dragon Well’s home. The pictures they captured will – we hope – go some way to explaining what’s so special about this tea.

This authentic region for Dragon Well (Longjing)

The original and authentic region for Dragon Well (Longjing) is split into a few different production areas around Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. West Lake is the most well-known. People will travel here from all over China each spring during the four-week picking season to visit and choose their Dragon Well tea for the year.

2.Close by to West Lake, Qian Tang and Yuezhou are other traditional origins within Zhejiang province

Close by to West Lake, Qian Tang and Yuezhou are other traditional origins within Zhejiang province. This is Yong’an garden in Qian Tang, where Shentang Wen crafts our Organic Dragon Well Supreme. These areas are rural, cool and mountainous – and with good opportunity for biodiversity. With no artificial and chemical fertilisers or pesticides used, Wen’s garden is certified Organic.


3.Wen uses a cultivar of the tea bush called Jiukeng. Although it’s a traditional cultivar for the area, it’s not often used. Wen – and we – like how the intense, rich flavour and texture the Jiukeng cultivar produces, perfectly complements and highlight the characteristic nuttiness of Dragon Well tea.

Wen uses a cultivar of the tea bush called Jiukeng. Although it’s a traditional cultivar for the area, it’s not often used. Wen – and we – like how the intense, rich flavour and texture the Jiukeng cultivar produces, perfectly complements and highlight the characteristic nuttiness of Dragon Well tea.


4.Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production.

Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production. Each bud is carefully hand-picked, which helps ensure the buds remain intact and reduce the chances for any oxidation to happen during processing. It’ll take around 60-100 hand-picked buds to make one cup of tea.

4.Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production. Each bud is carefully hand-picked, which helps ensure the buds remain intact and reduce the chances for any oxidation to happen during processing. It’ll take around 60-100 hand-picked buds to make one cup of tea.

Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production. Each bud is carefully hand-picked, which helps ensure the buds remain intact and reduce the chances for any oxidation to happen during processing. It’ll take around 60-100 hand-picked buds to make one cup of tea.

5. The characteristic part of the tea making process which makes green tea green is known as Sha Qing – or ‘kill green’. It’s a simple application of heat to the leaves, which works to both lock in their green state, and so spring-fresh character, and to set the plant compounds inside the leaves in a way which best delivers their flavours. Dragon Well (Longjing) producers have a unique Sha Qing technique.

The characteristic part of the tea making process which makes green tea green is known as Sha Qing – or ‘kill green’. It’s a simple application of heat to the leaves, which works to both lock in their green state, and so spring-fresh character, and to set the plant compounds inside the leaves in a way which best delivers their flavours. Dragon Well (Longjing) producers have a unique Sha Qing technique.


6.To make Dragon Well (Longjing), after the buds have been allowed to wither for a few hours, they’ll traditionally be pressed against the side of a hot wok. The leaves are heated multiple times in this way. At first the heat will lock the spring-fresh flavours into the leaf, then the leaves will be pressed in a way that will shape them into their characteristic flat spear. Finally, the leaves will go through heat to dry them. It’s a highly skilled process which takes between 40 minutes and one hour. Tea makers like Wen need to balance the timing of each stage and apply enough heat to draw out the chestnut flavours, without any hint of burn – or loss of the spring-fresh character.

To make Dragon Well (Longjing), after the buds have been allowed to wither for a few hours, they’ll traditionally be pressed against the side of a hot wok. The leaves are heated multiple times in this way. At first the heat will lock the spring-fresh flavours into the leaf, then the leaves will be pressed in a way that will shape them into their characteristic flat spear. Finally, the leaves will go through heat to dry them. It’s a highly skilled process which takes between 40 minutes and one hour. Tea makers like Wen need to balance the timing of each stage and apply enough heat to draw out the chestnut flavours, without any hint of burn – or loss of the spring-fresh character.


7. Finding flavour in Dragon Well (Longjing) can be very easy! All around Hangzhou, tea drinkers will simply add a pinch of their fresh leaves to a glass and top up with hot water – it’s way of making tea known as “grandpa style”.

Finding flavour in Dragon Well (Longjing) can be very easy! All around Hangzhou, tea drinkers will simply add a pinch of their fresh leaves to a glass and top up with hot water – it’s way of making tea known as “grandpa style”.

DISCOVER OUR DRAGON WELL TEAS

  1. JING Tea Dragon Well Loose Leaf Green Tea
    80% of 100
    4 out of 5
    Green TeaDragon Well (Longjing)Fresh, Velvety, InspiringFrom Wangfu Garden, Zhejiang, China
    Out of stock
  2. 232
    Organic Dragon Well Supreme - Loose Leaf Tea232
    Quick Add
    Green TeaOrganic Dragon Well Supreme (Hangzhou Long...Chestnut, Lime Leaf, CreamFrom Yong'an Garden, Hangzhou, China
    £36.0050g
  3. JING Tea Dragon Well Caddy Green Tea Packaging_Resized
    100% of 100
    5 out of 5
    Green TeaDragon Well (Longjing) Tea CaddyFresh, Velvety, InspiringFrom Zhejiang, China
    Out of stock
  4. Tea Master Set
    Quick Add
    TeawareTea Master
    £29.00

Dragon Well has all the spring-fresh character and floral notes prized in green tea, but also unusually for green tea it has a warming, chestnut comfort. A few weeks ago, our team in China spent a few days in and around Hangzhou, Dragon Well’s home. The pictures they captured will – we hope – go some way to explaining what’s so special about this tea.

This authentic region for Dragon Well (Longjing)

The original and authentic region for Dragon Well (Longjing) is split into a few different production areas around Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. West Lake is the most well-known. People will travel here from all over China each spring during the four-week picking season to visit and choose their Dragon Well tea for the year.

2.Close by to West Lake, Qian Tang and Yuezhou are other traditional origins within Zhejiang province

Close by to West Lake, Qian Tang and Yuezhou are other traditional origins within Zhejiang province. This is Yong’an garden in Qian Tang, where Shentang Wen crafts our Organic Dragon Well Supreme. These areas are rural, cool and mountainous – and with good opportunity for biodiversity. With no artificial and chemical fertilisers or pesticides used, Wen’s garden is certified Organic.


3.Wen uses a cultivar of the tea bush called Jiukeng. Although it’s a traditional cultivar for the area, it’s not often used. Wen – and we – like how the intense, rich flavour and texture the Jiukeng cultivar produces, perfectly complements and highlight the characteristic nuttiness of Dragon Well tea.

Wen uses a cultivar of the tea bush called Jiukeng. Although it’s a traditional cultivar for the area, it’s not often used. Wen – and we – like how the intense, rich flavour and texture the Jiukeng cultivar produces, perfectly complements and highlight the characteristic nuttiness of Dragon Well tea.


4.Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production.

Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production. Each bud is carefully hand-picked, which helps ensure the buds remain intact and reduce the chances for any oxidation to happen during processing. It’ll take around 60-100 hand-picked buds to make one cup of tea.

4.Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production. Each bud is carefully hand-picked, which helps ensure the buds remain intact and reduce the chances for any oxidation to happen during processing. It’ll take around 60-100 hand-picked buds to make one cup of tea.

Only the freshest young buds are used in high quality Dragon Well production. Each bud is carefully hand-picked, which helps ensure the buds remain intact and reduce the chances for any oxidation to happen during processing. It’ll take around 60-100 hand-picked buds to make one cup of tea.

5. The characteristic part of the tea making process which makes green tea green is known as Sha Qing – or ‘kill green’. It’s a simple application of heat to the leaves, which works to both lock in their green state, and so spring-fresh character, and to set the plant compounds inside the leaves in a way which best delivers their flavours. Dragon Well (Longjing) producers have a unique Sha Qing technique.

The characteristic part of the tea making process which makes green tea green is known as Sha Qing – or ‘kill green’. It’s a simple application of heat to the leaves, which works to both lock in their green state, and so spring-fresh character, and to set the plant compounds inside the leaves in a way which best delivers their flavours. Dragon Well (Longjing) producers have a unique Sha Qing technique.


6.To make Dragon Well (Longjing), after the buds have been allowed to wither for a few hours, they’ll traditionally be pressed against the side of a hot wok. The leaves are heated multiple times in this way. At first the heat will lock the spring-fresh flavours into the leaf, then the leaves will be pressed in a way that will shape them into their characteristic flat spear. Finally, the leaves will go through heat to dry them. It’s a highly skilled process which takes between 40 minutes and one hour. Tea makers like Wen need to balance the timing of each stage and apply enough heat to draw out the chestnut flavours, without any hint of burn – or loss of the spring-fresh character.

To make Dragon Well (Longjing), after the buds have been allowed to wither for a few hours, they’ll traditionally be pressed against the side of a hot wok. The leaves are heated multiple times in this way. At first the heat will lock the spring-fresh flavours into the leaf, then the leaves will be pressed in a way that will shape them into their characteristic flat spear. Finally, the leaves will go through heat to dry them. It’s a highly skilled process which takes between 40 minutes and one hour. Tea makers like Wen need to balance the timing of each stage and apply enough heat to draw out the chestnut flavours, without any hint of burn – or loss of the spring-fresh character.


7. Finding flavour in Dragon Well (Longjing) can be very easy! All around Hangzhou, tea drinkers will simply add a pinch of their fresh leaves to a glass and top up with hot water – it’s way of making tea known as “grandpa style”.

Finding flavour in Dragon Well (Longjing) can be very easy! All around Hangzhou, tea drinkers will simply add a pinch of their fresh leaves to a glass and top up with hot water – it’s way of making tea known as “grandpa style”.

DISCOVER OUR DRAGON WELL TEAS

  1. JING Tea Dragon Well Loose Leaf Green Tea
    80% of 100
    4 out of 5
    Green TeaDragon Well (Longjing)Fresh, Velvety, InspiringFrom Wangfu Garden, Zhejiang, China
    Out of stock
  2. 232
    Organic Dragon Well Supreme - Loose Leaf Tea232
    Quick Add
    Green TeaOrganic Dragon Well Supreme (Hangzhou Long...Chestnut, Lime Leaf, CreamFrom Yong'an Garden, Hangzhou, China
    £36.0050g
  3. JING Tea Dragon Well Caddy Green Tea Packaging_Resized
    100% of 100
    5 out of 5
    Green TeaDragon Well (Longjing) Tea CaddyFresh, Velvety, InspiringFrom Zhejiang, China
    Out of stock
  4. Tea Master Set
    Quick Add
    TeawareTea Master
    £29.00