Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Tea Valley
Among all Long Jing, those harvested from Shi Feng (Lion’s Peak) are considered to be of the highest quality. Sword-like in shape and luscious-green in color, each Long Jing tea leaf looks like a carefully handcrafted art piece. Bright and delicate, the sweet aroma of the tea leaves is most inviting. The Shi Feng Long Jing has a mild-bodied flavor that is succulent and pure. The texture of the tea is exceptionally smooth and the aftertaste is very floral. You will find every aspect of this tea peaceful and relaxing.
The Shi Feng Long Jing is an excellent choice for those who love mild-flavored teas. With a delicate combination of sweetness and floral taste, there is no doubt why the Xihu Long Jing is considered the “Queen of Green Tea.”
The moment I opened the tin of this tea, I knew it was special… so special, in fact, I decided to get out my gaiwan! I only do that for teas that are deserving of it. And this one certainly fits the bill. I am really enjoying this tea. It is a very light tea – light bodied and light in flavor, and it brews to a very light yellow-green color.
But even though I describe it as light in flavor, do not mistake this as me saying that this tea is lacking in flavor in any way – because it is not. It is very lovely and complex in flavor; it is just not heavy tasting. It has a very fresh taste that is pleasantly sweet. On Steepster, I referred to the flavor as “honey roasted nuts” because it has a honey-esque sweetness to it, as well as a slight roast-y, toasty note and a nutty quality to the flavor. I can even taste hints of butter and the floral note in the finish that the Tea Valley mentions in their description.
Overall, this is a very lovely tea. I would recommend this tea to those who might find most green teas a little off-putting because of their strong vegetative characteristics, because I am not getting very much vegetal taste to this at all. No grassy flavor, no steamed, buttered or boiled vegetables. No bitterness and no astringency. Just a pure, sweet taste that is so delightful that it will have you coming back for more. And that’s a good thing, because these leaves can be infused many times with no loss in flavor.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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