Friday, December 13, 2013

Peony Tea Shop Pre Qing Ming Dafo Longjing

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat and thin
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: very pale greenish gold

Did you know that there are different types of Dragonwell? I wasn't very familiar with them until until I read an article posted by +Peony Tea S.. This particular one is a Dafo Longjing which means that it is from Xichang county. Although not from the traditional West Lake, this region still produces a very high quality tea. The taste was smooth and sweet with heavy notes of chestnut. There was also a very slight floral aspect that I've not often experienced with this type of tea. A light vegetal astringency added a somewhat drying yet refreshing finish. I did at least four consecutive steepings in my gaiwan and there were definitely a few more left to go. Peony Tea Shop is often my go to for Chinese oolongs but the greens that they stock are petty fantastic too.

Dafo Longjing sample provided by Peony Tea Shop.