Longjing Shi Feng
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was: $40 per 4oz
- Green tea
- Shi Feng, Xi Hu Region, Zhejiang Province, China
- Single farm, single harvest
- Flat leaf style
- Soft, rich, toasty flavor
- Nutty, full aroma
- Golden straw-colored liquor
Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 170° - 180°
Our 2013 Longjing Shi Feng Dragonwell Grade AA is extremely flavorful. We are thrilled to offer this lush, sweet, classic Longjing.
Shi Feng Longjings are appreciated for their harmonious and rich character. They are perhaps the most well known Longjing from the authentic tea harvesting areas of West Lake (Xi Hu ). Different Longjings offer specific flavor profiles due to the particular micro-climates (terroir) that exist in the harvesting areas and are further influenced by the time of the pluck.
Pre-Qing Ming Longjings are in increasingly high demand by East Asians and Westerners alike, and the first of the season early plucks are scooped up by discerning tea drinkers at the beginning of the tea season.
Our Grade AA Longjing is comprised of a two-leaves-and-a-bud-pluck, which gives this tea a rich ' juicy' texture and good mouth feel. It is soft, toasty and slightly yeasty in flavor with a hint of chestnut in the after-taste. It fulfills our wish for a traditional Longjing that offers both an accessible price and a toasty, forthright flavor that appeals to a Western palate.
The origin of authentic Longjing is the West Lake ( Xi Hu region ) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Longjing is a protected tea ( protected against counterfeit 'Longjing' tea cultivated and manufacture in other places in China, or other tea producing countries ) and can only legitimately come from one of the places located within the National Designated Protected Zone. (Our Longjing is 'authentic Longjing' which means that the tea is made from Longjing #43 tea bushes. )
This zone is a scant 168 kilometers in area, and all Longjing tea manufactured there is sold under the name of the region or village in which the tea was plucked. The original production zones were named Lion, Dragon, Cloud (Meijiawu Village), Tiger, and Plum.
Today, the names have changed, but the most important harvesting areas for production of authentic Longjing in the Xi Hu region are the same: Shi-feng Shan; Longjing Village; Meijiawu Village; Weng-jia Shan
Being able to taste three choice Longjings in a comparative tasting is a rare opportunity for those who are interested in tasting the effects of terroir. Or in this case, the subtle difference / similarity of same-name products made from different farms within the same region using the same tea-making techniques.
Because of the effects of terroir on the final characteristics of tea grown within a region, this tea is similar to but different than the Meijiawu Village and the Weng-jia Shan Longjings. All have a similar appearance - some are greener, some have a more slightly elongated leaf and bud pluck, some have a bit more early spring 'down' on the leaf, etc - and the flavors are similar but different, too.
These differences are small, not big; subtle, not overblown. It is a matter of degree in the sweetness and toastiness, and the amount of mouthfeel, intensity of the flavor and the length and strength of the finish. These Longjings present the tea drinker with lovely variations of an elegant theme.
Like a comparative Bordeaux wine tasting, one can conduct a tea tasting of our 2013 Longjings and happily ruminate on the results with a group of like-minded tea enthusiasts for an entire afternoon.
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