Long Jing

Long Jing

Name: Long Jing (Dragon Well Tea)
Category: Green Tea
Origin: Xihu Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
Shape: Flat
Color: Green, emerald

Description: Long Jing is one of the most famous green teas in China. It tastes very gentle and sweet. Long Jing can be quite expensive. The tea leaves can be eaten after infusion. It is normally harvested in early spring. According to the quality, Long Jing can be classified into five grades.

History: The earliest record of Long Jing can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty. It is recorded in the famous tea book called - The Classic of Tea, written by Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea. During the Southern Song Dynasty, Hangzhou became the capital city. The quality of Long Jing was further improved. Many tea lovers came to Hangzhou to taste Long Jing. In the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Qianlong awarded Long Jing the title of Imperial Tea. Since then, Long Jing became more famous and is known by most people.

Benefits: Long Jing has high levels of antioxidants like other green teas. Green tea is probably the most studied among other types of teas, and there is lots of evidences support its health benefits. It can improve digestion, burn fat, promote good skin, reduce the incidence of cancer, help to reduce the effects of aging.

How to prepare Long Jing

Simple Method
Tea Cup: 8.8oz / 250ml
Temperature: 185 degree Fahrenheit / 85 degree Celsius
Amount: 2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins

Gongfu Style Brewing Method
Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
Temperature: 185 degree Fahrenheit / 85 degree Celsius
Amount: 4g Tea
3 steeps: 20s, 35s, 70s

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