Superior 2019 Mingqian Mei Jia Wu West Lake Dragon Well Longjing #43
This 2019 first flush #43 Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea was picked before the Qing Ming Festival in Mei Jia Wu 梅家坞, one of the few officially-recognized Longjing tea gardens, located beside the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.
#43 Longjing is the newer cultivar of Longjing tea, which along with the original variety, are grown in the official Longjing tea gardens around West Lake Hangzhou. This cultivar buds earlier than old Longjing, making this the earliest harvested Longjing of 2019. As batch 001, this is the first batch of the first flush of 2019. #43 Longjing is prized for its strong flavour, aroma, and long-lasting sweet aftertaste.
Each package of 250g and 500g * comes with a sticker on the package that is the official certificate / serial number for that tea. Because of the enormous demand for Longjing from these old gardens, much more "West Lake Longjing" is sold each year than is actually grown. To combat fraud, the Chinese government has instituted a certification program. The government recommends that if buying Longjing labeled as coming from one of the official areas (including Mei Jia Wu and Shi Feng), that buyers make sure the package has the official certificate (pictured to the right), and that they follow the steps below to check the tea's certification and information:
Scan the QR code using a smart phone to be redirected to the official website for West Lake Longjing information and certification. Once on the website, the sticker on the certificate can be scratched off to reveal the authentication code. After typing in the authentication code online, the tea information will be revealed on the website. These certificates are very strictly controlled and are the only guarantee for buyers that they have real graded and certified West Lake Longjing.
*We cannot offer a sticker certificate for packages below 250g as they are only applied to packages of 250g and larger by the factory.
All 2019 Mingqian Mei Jia Wu West Lake Dragon Well Longjing #43 will be automatically shipped Express Shipping if you select free shipping,to ensure a fast and secure delivery.
The following are guidelines that can be played with depending on personal preference, but they are a good place to start if this is the first time brewing longjing tea.
We recommend adding around 3-4g of tea to 250-300ml of water in a cup or fair cup. The best temperature range for Longjing is around 80-85C. Water over 90C will scald this delicate tea destroying the subtleties of its flavour making it flat. There is no need to rinse this tea before drinking.
We recommend steeping for 2 minutes before taking a sip. You can add more hot water once the tea is down to 1/2 or 1/3 of its original level. The tea can be re-steeped several times before the flavour is lost.