Tea of the week: Dragon Well Green Tea
This brightly delicate green tea is one of the Great Teas of China, renowned for its distinguished taste and beautifully folded, jade green leaves. Known locally as Long Jing, it originates from the verdant hills that surround the ancient imperial city of Hangzhou, in the South West of China.
Our Dragon Well Green Tea is clear and fresh, with intriguing hints of fruit and honeyed chestnut. This tea is made using the highest quality leaves and contains no bitterness.
All tea, whether green or black, is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, a botanical cousin of the camellia tree found in many British gardens. With green teas, unlike black teas, once the leaves are picked, they are prevented from naturally oxidising and darkening using the application of heat. This allows the leaves to retain their green colour and lighter taste.
Using traditional techniques, the young leaves of our Dragon Well tea are hand-picked in the spring and repeatedly fired and shaped in a wok. The tea master’s art lies in knowing for how long and how many times to repeat this elaborate curing process.
On a recent trip to China, we visited the tea gardens where our Dragon Well tea is grown - here’s a little video demonstrating the traditional tea making process:
HOW TO ENJOY GREEN TEA
Allow fresh, boiled water to cool a little. Green tea should never be brewed using boiling water as this can scald the leaves and impair the flavour. Infuse the pyramid teabag for 2-3 minutes. To enjoy added nuances, reinfuse up to 3 times. In China, the second and third infusions are sometimes considered even more special than the first!
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