Dragon Well West Lake Green Tea
The Origin Story
This year's Dragon Well tea stands out for its truly classic flavour, with an unmistakable roasted chestnut flavour and decadent creamy texture.
In this superlative green tea, exquisite spears of pressed leaf are expertly fired to enhance the classic chestnut notes of Dragon Well whilst maintaining the precious spring-fresh floral aromas. Picked between 30th and 31st March 2016.
The Dragon Well experience is completed by a thick and syrupy texture - only found in the very best examples of this legendary tea. Traditional Dragon Well teas come from the ancient origin of West Lake, near Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province. This however is not to say that every West Lake Dragon Well should taste the same. Within this one origin are a handful of protected villages that masterfully produce quite distinct versions of the famed Long Jing. You have to be very confident in what you are looking for, to avoid being fooled by the many ‘fake’ West Lake Dragon Well teas that fill the streets.
Find out about sourcing this years Dragon Well Tea.
Zhejiang is the most famous province in China for producing green tea.
Picked between 30th and 31st March 2016, our pre-rain Dragon Well West Lake is sourced from Li Tongwu garden; a prosperous village bustling with traditional arts and crafts displays. The tea was then processed in Wai Tong Wu village. The tea gardens are nestled in the rolling hills that surround West Lake. Water flows from the hilltop and the villagers tend smallholdings of tea bushes, all of the “old variety” cultivar, traditionally used for Dragon Well tea.
Engage Your Senses
Flat pressed spears of jade green tea leaf.
Sweet, nutty and fresh grass.
In the Cup
Supremely light and floral green tea underpinned by a delicate touch of firing.
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Dragon Well West Lake Green Tea
I've tried Dragon Well from China other regions which is very common but Jing's Dragon Well Gold from West Gate beats them all.
Return to Classic LongjingI find the Longjing/Dragon Well green tea gives me so much happiness. To find real flavour of longjing here in the UK is a rare thing indeed. Flavor is smooth and rich, character is very authentic and has nut taste and much sweetness. I like this tea a lot, best of new Jing tea selection 2015.
Dragon Well GoldVery disappointing. I have found that the quality of Dragons Well tea available in the west has steadily declined over the last 15 years or so - no doubt due to the increased prosperity of the home market. This was quite frankly not worth the money.
Extraordinary is not too strong a word.Lets start with the leaves; small and a vivid green, theyre still alive. Their fragrance is both delicate & distinctive - fruity and floral, mild overall, but each note quite clear - the comforting nuttiness emerges only when the leaves are warmed. First infusion captures the top notes unique to dragon well, and only these. it's as though you are drinking the essence of long jing. Amazing! Although 2nd infusion is less remarkable, the beauty of the first is outstanding; grassy and sweet just like the air in spring. A rare find. Tell yourself it's for medicinal purposes.