What is Dragon Well Tea Green Tea (Longjing)?

Dragon Well is a Chinese green tea with a mellow taste and nutty and vegetal notes. The tea leaves are pressed flat into long, needle-like shapes, and brew up into a beautiful pale green-gold liquor.

About Dragon Well Green Tea

Otherwise known as Long Jing, Longjing, or Lung Ching green tea, Dragon Well is a mellow, satisfying green tea with an earthy aroma and nutty and vegetal notes. Like most other Chinese green teas, the leaves are pan-fired soon after harvest in order to halt the oxidation process.

Dragon Well gets its name from Longjing village in Zhejiang Province, the region where the tea is produced. Similar to other specialty ingredients, like champagne or parmesan, only teas grown in Zhejiang Province can be labelled as true Dragon Well teas. The area is known for its high rainfall and lower temperatures, which create unique growing conditions where Dragon Well tea plants thrive.

Dragon Well is made from the camellia sinensis var. sinensis varietal of the tea plantNative to China (sinensis is Latin for “from China”), this tea varietal is typically smaller and more delicate, with a slightly lower caffeine content.

Our organic Dragon Well is an excellent example of a high-quality dragon well tea, with a rich, nuanced taste and aroma. Low in caffeine, this is a great morning or afternoon tea. We recommend enjoying Dragon Well on its own to appreciate its unique flavor.

Dragon Well Green Tea benefits

Like other green teas, Dragon Well is full of beneficial properties. Some of the benefits of green teas include:

  • High in EGCG
  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves cognitive function
  • High in antioxidants
  • Good for heart health
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Good for digestion

How to prepare Dragon Well

When preparing Dragon Well, we recommend using a teapot, tea infuser, or tea filter. These brewing methods give the tea leaves enough room to expand as the tea steeps, resulting in a richer, more flavorful cup.

To brew your tea, use one level teaspoon of tea leaves for every six ounces of water in your pot or cup. Heat water until briskly steaming, approximately 175 degrees. Infuse the tea leaves for one to two minutes. Dragon Well can be infused multiple times.

Our Dragon Well Green Tea

Dragon Well is one of several premium Chinese green teas that we carry. Our Dragon Well is extremely high quality, but it's also a crowd-pleaser—we often recommend Dragon Well to customers looking for a mild green tea with a low caffeine content.

Other Chinese green teas

Dragon Well is a great example of a premium Chinese green tea, but there are plenty of other options to choose from as well.

Chun Mee Green Tea

Chun Mee has a distinctive plum-like flavor and buttery taste that is sweeter and lighter than many green teas. Also known as “precious eyebrow” tea because of the delicate, eyebrow-like shape of the tea leaves, this tea is an exceptional example of a classic Chinese green tea, with a mellow flavor and clean finish.

Gunpowder Green Tea

From an estate west of Hangzhou, this classic Gunpowder green tea has a medium body and steeps into a beautiful green-gold liquor with a smooth, hearty flavor and nutty, vegetal, and slightly smoky notes. It holds up well to repeated infusions. Gunpowder gets its name from its tightly rolled leaves.

Jasmine Yin Cloud Green Tea

Jasmine Yin Cloud features a Chinese green tea lightly scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. This floral, aromatic tea is one of our most popular green teas. Delicious enjoyed hot, it also makes a great iced tea!

FAQs about Dragon Well

Is Dragon Well a green tea?

Dragon Well is a Chinese green tea. These tea leaves are pan-fired after harvest in order to halt oxidation. The leaves, which are pressed into thin, needle-like shapes, are a pale grey-green, and the tea brews up a beautiful golden-green color.

Does Dragon Well Green Tea have caffeine?

Yes, Dragon Well does contain caffeine. However, it is relatively low in caffeine, containing about half that of the average black tea and about a quarter that of a cup of coffee.

What does Dragon Well taste like?

Dragon Well is mellow and nutty, with a creamy mouthfeel and notes of almonds, herbs, basil, and squash.

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