Thursday, March 21, 2013
Legends of The Leaf: Dragonwell
Another story tells of Emperor Qianlong visiting a temple and watching the ladies picking tea. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to give it a try. While he was picking the tea he received a message that his mother was ill and that she wished for him to return home. In his haste to leave he shoved the leaves into his sleeve. When the Emperor visited his mother, she noticed the smell of the leaves and he had it brewed for her. It is said that the distinctive flat shape of Longjing is designed to mimic those leaves.