Longjing tea, also known as Dragonwell tea, is the world's most renowned Chinese green tea. Longjing envelops the whole palate with a slightly sweet, refreshing flavor. A classic wok-fired green tea, it has a delicate chestnut like flavor, captivating aroma, and a lovely yellow-green color.
Our Dragonwell selection is Certified USDA Organic and of Premium quality.
The catechins in Longjing green tea contain a very high concentration of polyphenols, chemicals that act as powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants boost metabolism and eliminate free radicals, which helps to prevent the growth of both fat cells and cancer cells in the body. Longjing green tea is also very beneficial to maintaining clear and healthy skin.
The most important factor when brewing Longjing is to control the water temperature. Green teas require the lowest water temperature of any Chinese Tea. It should be right around 80 degrees Celsius. Getting the temperature exactly right is not a huge deal; just try not to use water at a roaring boil (100 Celsius). If the water is too hot the leaves will get scorched and the flavor will be off. So, after you boil the water, let it sit for a few minutes to let it cool off a bit. While waiting for the water to cool, you can prepare 2 teaspoons of Longjing. Un-steeped Longjing leaves are a bit unwieldy with a spoon, so a small to medium sized handful will work fine.
When the water has cooled off a bit you can use any number of methods to brew the tea. You can use a small strainer placed in the cup, or a teapot with a built-in strainer (use 3-4 teaspoons if it’s a large teapot). Personally, I just put the leaves into a cup and pour water directly over them and drink the tea with the leaves loose in the cup. This method is especially effective with premium green teas because you can actually chew and swallow high-grade green tea leaves after they've been steeped.
Note also that as premium tea leaves release their flavor, they fall to the bottom of the cup, which makes it easy to not use a strainer. However, for those who prefer using a strainer, Wu Mountain will be putting a number of tea straining tools up on the website under a new section called Teaware. Don’t forget; with tea of premium quality you can re-steep the same leaves 4+ times.