What is Dragon Well Green Tea?
Friday, 24 April 2020 | The Tea Makers of London
What is Dragon Well Green Tea?
Dragon Well green tea has been a part of Chinese tea culture for thousands of years, renowned for its heads of state calibre and contains many health benefits which goes back to the times of Qing Dynasty.
Dragon Well Tea, which is also referred to Long Jing or Lung Ching, is known as the national drink of China and is frequently presented as a national gift to visiting heads of state.
This authentic Chinese tea has been growing for thousands of years in the mountainous terrain of Zhejiang Province, where the youngest buds are hand-picked in the springtime. These are leaves you do not see in everyday tea and the skills required to manually pick these leaves is often described as an art form.
The mild climate, lack of sunlight and the rainy weather allows the tea leaves to preserve more theanine – which helps give Dragon Well tea its distinct mellow and sweet taste.
Dragon Well is renowned and well regarded amongst the green tea lovers, and this tea ranks as first among the ten famous teas from China. It reached its peak of high status during the Qing Dynasty, when the emperor was so impressed with the tea that he served it to his sick mother and consequently she went on to make a full recovery.
This explains why green tea is renowned for its plethora of health benefits, and one key component is the theanine, which plays an important role to ensure the quality of the tea is at the highest quality.
Information for tea connoisseurs
Dragon Well organic green tea is a variety of pan-fried green tea which has an emerald-green, fragrant and distinctive flat shaped leaf. Once brewed, the tea gives a light, distinctive yellow-green hue, which highlights the top quality of our tea leaves.
The lighter the liquid, the better the quality. This is because lower quality variations will vary in colour to deeper green after steeping. High quality dragon well teas will appear as thinner while tasting fresh.
The true Long Jing tea comes from the West Lake district on the outskirts of Hangzhou in Zhejiang. The pinyin for West Lake is XiHu, which means you may see some Long Jing referred to as Xihu Long Jing. This area is a designated protected zone.
Within the West Lake area are the four original Long Jing tea villages of which the best known are Xifeng (aka Shi Feng or Lion Peak) and Mejiawu. The best quality Long Jing is generally accepted as growing in the area of Xifeng.
It is no surprise that the Dragon Well tea is good for you and there are various health benefits. In fact, it is part of the green tea family that has been considered a health-promoting beverage since the ancient times.
It is known that drinking Dragon Well can help aid the body’s digestive system and decrease inflammation which can help against arthritis, rheumatism and other inflammatory problems.
However, one of the most important green tea antioxidants, which is high in concentration, is catechins which are great for weight loss effects and can help speed up the body’s metabolic rate.
This catechins is also known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and research has suggested this does this help with maintaining cardiovascular and the metabolic health, which can help slow down aging and help you lose weight.
This tea has higher levels of theanine which is the single most important indicator of green tea quality. It counteracts the side effects of caffeine and has a wonderful soothing effect. As a result, for the best impact you should choose a premium green tea with high theanine.
Furthermore, this organic tea also contains Vitamin C and amino acid which can help strengthen the immune system, and also helps lower cholesterol and lower the risk for cardiovascular diseases.
The Tea Makers of London Dragon Well
At The Tea Makers of London, we have two versions of the Dragon Well tea which is organic and supreme.
Our supreme version of Dragon Well tea is derived from Xifeng Village, West Lake Region, Zhejiang Province, China. Here, it is meticulously dried by hand using a traditional pan-firing method. Feted as the ‘Tea of the Emperor’, this stunning blend affords a pale and illuminating yellow liquor with the most gentle and pure aroma.
Our organic version is harvested in the Spring in the Zhejiang province, China. Our customers tend to love this tea and often describe it as smooth, refreshing and authentic.
The flavour of dragon well tea is fresh umami flavour with nutty undertones and hints of grassy meadow with a fresh aroma of a strong scent of toasty grass.
For a traditional tea experience and a fuller flavour, we recommend drinking Dragon Well tea from a Yixing clay teapot. You can also brew the tea, amongst other of our Chinese teas, with one our luxury Gaiwans.
This drink can be enjoyed as a hot or cold brew which makes it perfect for all year round. Also, this loose-leaf tea works well as an after-dinner drink and pairs nicely with steamed foods, such as steamed vegetables and steamed fish.