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Pre-Qingming Longjing

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Pre-Qingming Longjing Green Tea|明前龍井

 Tasting notes: Nutty, grassy, mung bean
 Origin: Meijiawu, Hangzhou, China
 Cultivar: 群體種 Qunti Zhong (Old Tree)

 Elevation: 340m
 Oxidation: ⦿○○○○

Longjing (Dragonwell) tea is China’s most famous tea. Grown in the idyllic West Lake area of Hangzhou, this tea has been the muse of poets, philosophers, monks and emperors for centuries.

Why we love it:

  • It has a roast chestnut aroma, a fresh grassy flavour and - even though it tastes savoury - the aftertaste comes back sweet (回甘).
  • Its nutty aroma comes from the kill-green process that stops oxidation, when the Tea Master pan-fires the leaves on a hot wok. He presses the leaves flat against the sides of the wok by hand, giving them a flat shape.
  • It's the real deal. Authentic Longjing must come from one of 5 certified areas, be made from one of 3 cultivars and be harvested in spring. This batch ticks all those boxes.
  • It's made from the first spring harvest of the year - the most coveted harvest because the new leaves are extra soft and plump, yielding a tea that tastes delicate and smooth.
  • It comes from the certified Meijiawu area - a village with 600 years of history.
  • It is made from the 群體種 Qunti Zhong cultivar- - an older plant that has naturally reproduced over time through survival of the fittest. Its leaves are not as "pretty" as the commercially propagated cultivar, but it yields more layered flavours.

It's difficult to source authentic Longjing because the supply is limited and the demand is huge. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of Longjing on the market is not authentic. So we are very lucky to have sourced this batch, especially this year, as the harvest was even smaller due to bad weather, driving up the price. 

Supply is limited so grab it while you can!


What is Longjing tea?


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Grandpa style
2g | 60ml | 80°C

Gongfu style (Gaiwan)
4g | per 100ml | 80°C | 1 min
+ 10s per steep for at least 3 steeps

Western style (Teapot)
2g | per 100ml | 80°C | 3 mins
+ 1 min per steep for at least 2 steeps

The traditional style or ‘grandpa style’ of brewing Longjing green tea is to simply put some leaves in a normal drinking glass, add hot water and enjoy! You can leave the glass uncovered to let the steam escape.

The most magical thing happens when brewing Longjing—the leaves stand upright and dance up and down while they open. To get front-row seats to this show, you’ll want to use glass teaware!

These are just guidelines. As we always say, it’s best to experiment with a range of temperatures and leaf-to-water ratios to understand the tea and your own taste preferences.

Pre-Qingming Longjing



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