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    Norbu Tea Xi Hu Long Jing – Spring 2012

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: flat, sage green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 165 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale gold Long Jing, otherwise known as Dragonwell, is one of my favorite green teas. The quality of this type of tea can vary widely and fakes abound in the marketplace. Dragonwell is simply not Dragonwell if it does not come from Xi Hu. This tea is in fact an authentic Long Jing and it was very fresh, even though it was from last year’s crop. The taste was sweetly vegetal with nutty notes and a lingering finish. The mouth-feel was slightly thick and there was just…


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    Legends of The Leaf: Dragonwell

    Dragonwell, also known as Longjing, is one of my favorite types of green tea. There several legends that surround this famous tea. In a city by the same name, there is a well that was said to be inhabited by a dragon. The local people would pray to it for rain when there is a drought. I have heard from several people who have visited the well that after rain, the lighter rainwater floats on top of the dense well water creating a rippling effect. It is this curious phenomenon that is often attributed as the source of the legend.  Another story tells of Emperor Qianlong visiting a temple and watching the ladies…