Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Adagio Teas
One of China’s most famous green teas, Dragonwell (Lung Ching or Longjing in local parlance) comes from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This tea has a very distinctive shape: smooth and perfectly flattened along the inside vein of the leaf, the result of highly skilled shaping in a hot wok. This process, known as pan-firing or pan-frying, was perfected in China by tea masters over many centuries. It gives the tea an inviting, toasty aroma. Our Dragonwell also has a sweet, rounded flavor, perhaps reminiscent of freshly roasted white corn. Full, nutty and buttery texture and pleasantly dry finish. A truly satisfying cup of tea.
There was a time when I would shy away from Dragonwell tea, but I’ve come to not only appreciate it, but actually really enjoy it.
This is a very fine Dragonwell. It has a light, crisp flavor. I find myself agreeing with the above description completely: notes of roasted corn, sweet, nutty, buttery, toasty. All of those describe this tea well.
There is a faint grassy taste in the distance. A sweetness in the foreground throughout. The buttery flavor is not a thick buttery essence, but rather, it is like a touch of butter on the fresh roasted corn. There is very little astringency that seems to be noticeable only when I’m actually trying to search for it. The finish is crisp and dry, and the aftertaste is lightly sweet.
This tea is available in loose leaf form, as well as part of the Artisan Comfort Gourmet Tea Collection which features a select variety of teas in pyramid sachets. Perfect for travel or on-the-go! (PS: The holidays are approaching and one of these Gourmet Tea Collections would make a great gift for the tea lover on your shopping list!)