Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: In Nature
Long Jin tea is also known as Dragon Well and is often called the national drink of China. It is probably the most well known green tea produced in China.
When brewed, this green tea produces a yellow-green colour, giving off a distinct but subtle aroma with a great taste. It is incomparably better than the beverage produced from cheaper green tea bags.
The flavor of this tea is so rich and pure. It has a very clean, vegetative taste with no bitterness and a surprising amount of complexity – especially when one considers that this tea was brewed just 1 minute in a gaiwan!
The dry leaves are a bit smaller than I’m used to seeing when it comes to a Dragon Well. As they unfurl, they reveal themselves to be tiny, young, WHOLE leaves that are just beautiful – almost breath-taking! – to behold.
The aroma is floral with grassy notes, and this translates into the flavor except that I wouldn’t really call the flavor grassy. It is vegetative but not overwhelmingly so, and it’s more like a vegetable than a grass taste. There are notes of flower, hints of fruit, and even a very subtle nutty quality. The tea has a light astringency that gives a sense of continuity to the clean taste of the overall cup.
But the dominate flavor of this cup is the buttery taste of it. No, it’s not like drinking a cup of melted butter, but the sweet, creamy butter taste of this tea is a fine compliment to the other notes of this pleasingly complex tea.
And this tea stands up to multiple infusions, too! I managed five very flavorful infusions – each just as delicious as the one before it! I am so thrilled that I had the opportunity to try this fine tea.