Notable Teas I Have Met: Dragonwell-Lung Ching

Dragonwell Lung Ching tea leavesDragonwell-Lung Ching is also known as The Princess of Green Tea and comes from China in the Zhejiang Province, shipped from Shanghai. It is grown at 2500 feet above sea level. The manufacturing type is steaming with a special 10 part handmade process.  Dragonwell is distinguished by its beautiful shape, emerald colour, scented smell and tending sweet floral character.

In the People’s Republic, mists and fog often compensate for insufficient rainfall, at the same time cloaking the gardens in secrecy.  Here tea is produced according to ancient time-tested methods and workers perform all tasks by hand, just like their ancestors.  The tea leaves that become Dragonwell (a.k.a. Lung Ching) are plucked before the Clear Light Festival or at the least before the spring rains have fallen. The choicest come from a part of the mountain called Lion’s Peak, where plucking takes place before each tender shoot has more than one leaf.

Legend has it that in 250 AD a Taoist monk affirmed that there must be a dragon lurking in a certain spring not far from Hangchow. The monk implored the well dragon to come to the rescue of the poor farmers suffering a crippling drought. Instantly, the clouds came rushing in from every side and poured forth a timely rain. One account of this, an old temple adjoining the spring is known as Dragon’s Well Monastery, and this tea derives its name from the same legend. (information provided by Metropolitan Tea)

Here are the leaves after a tea cuppng process. Notice how much the leaves open up and the color of the infused liquor. You have just had an online tea cupping experience! Sorry you can’t smell the dry and wet leaves and smell and taste the liquor. If you are interested in ordering some of this, let me know and I will try to find a source for you. (I drank/sold all I had.)



About deairby

From a small Mississippi town and have lived my adult life in the south. I am the wife of Tom Irby since 1974, mother of 8, grandmother of 8, lover of Truth, previous owner of The Baron York Tea Room Cafe and Gift Shop (7 years), cookbook writer, moderator of the Small Business forum on Social Media Examiner, enjoy life and all the adventure God brings my way.
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