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No. 54

Organic Dragon Well - Loose Leaf Tea

Chinese Green Tea

Often referred to as the national drink of China, Dragon Well tea offers a light cup with  roasted chestnut aroma and buttery and sweet mouthfeel.

From: West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

LOOSE LEAF TEA
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Tracked

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Royal Mail

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Fedex

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ROW Tracked

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Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

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From £4.00

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8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

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From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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The origins of our Organic Dragon Well Green Tea


Dragon Well Green Tea (also referred to as Long Jing or Lung Ching) is the most famous tea beverage in China and is frequently presented as a National Gift to visiting heads of state.

In the case of our exceptional single-origin No. 54 Organic Dragon Well, it comes from the mountainous terrain of West Lake, Zhejiang Province, which a protected destination of origin where the Chinese have been growing the national drink of China for thousands of years. The mild overcast climate with consistent rain here allows the leaves here to preserve more theanine, which helps give Dragon Well its distinctive sweet and mellow flavour.

In spring, the youngest tender buds are picked from the Jiu Keng cultivar and, following pressing, the organic tea leaves are pan-fried in a wok. The result is an emerald-green, fragrant flat-shaped leaf that produces a beautiful light yellow-green infusion that green tea lovers recognise as the mark of a top-quality Dragon Well.

More about the health benefits and region that this tea comes from


The health benefits of this Chinese tea


It is thought that drinking Dragon Well green tea can help aid the body's digestive system and decrease inflammation. This is due to the high concentration of catechins (green tea antioxidants) that are found in the leaf, which is shown to increase the bodies metabolic rate. For those looking for a fat burner, this Organic Dragon Well loose leaf could be an excellent choice, especially so as these leaves have a high level of Vitamin C and amino acids.

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, within any one of our luxury Gaiwans.


The region where this green loose leaf tea is grown


West Lake Region: True Long Jing tea comes from the West Lake district on the outskirts of Hangzhou in Zhejiang. The pinyin for West Lake is XiHu, so 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.

To read more about our Organic Tea range, visit our blog in our Tea Journal here or learn how to make a cold brew tea

Ingredients


Pure Chinese green tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a roasted chestnut aroma and light-yellow infusion. A light cup with complex flavours with toasted nutty and creamy notes and buttery and sweet mouthfeel.

Region


The West Lake is an oval-shaped freshwater lake in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, Eastern China. Mountains dominate the region on three sides where rivers carrying runoff from the peaks flow into the lakes. The West Lake itself sits at an elevation of 10m, however the peaks of the Tianmu Mountains, to the West of the city. can soar up to 1,000m above sea level.

Read more about Zhejiang, Home of Dragon Well (Long Jing) Tea

The climate here is temperate Humid Subtropical (CFA), with strong seasonality. There is generally cloud cover year round within the West Lake, with just a gentle breeze picking up across the sea to east. The summers are short and typically very hot, with temperatures fluctuating between 22°C and 34°C, with significant and persistent overcast skies paired with rainfall which drives humidity anywhere between 50% and 99% saturation.

As the season progresses into autumn, the temperature, precipitation and humidity decrease until the winter, which experiences lower rainfall than any other time of the year, but with temperatures between 5°C and 8°C. Spring brings warmer weather and more rain, with humidity around 25%. The lake draws its water from the Qiantang river. It is famous for its lotuses, which bloom in June.

The shores are home to hundreds species of plant, including rare, protected species such as the wild soybean or short-spike bamboo. To lake is surrounded by abundant trees, including peach trees, willows, magnolia and cherry trees. The lake was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 for its outstanding garden design. The fertile hills above the lake, which are misty for most of the year, offer the perfect landscape for tea growing.

How to brew

2g - 3g

2g - 3g

80°C

80°C

200ml

200ml

2 - 3mins

2 - 3mins

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