Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Zentboutique Long Jing

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: sage green, flat
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 170 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: very pale

I received this tea as part of the April shipment for Zentboutique's monthly tea subscription service.The taste was incredibly sweet and delicately vegetal. Subtle notes of chestnut rounded out the flavor profile. There was bitterness and it had a fresh, clean aftertaste. To add sweetener to a tea like this would be a crime. If you feel the need to do so, please don't tell me about it! My second infusion was just as enjoyable. I never thought about it until I read the product description for this tea, but the leaves really are shaped like dragonfly wings. Perhaps that is another little puzzle piece of the legends that surround this tea. This classic green tea gets a bit of a bad wrap among tea snobs who consider it a "beginners tea" but a well made dragonwell is a thing of beauty. This one was a great example of that. I've been very impressed by the teas that I've received from this subscription service so far. They have all been varied and of great quality.

You can find out more about this tea here.