2021 Tips of the Golden Dragon's Tail green tea

Tips of the Golden Dragon’s Tail


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Tips of the Golden Dragon’s Tail



Grade: an early spring Mao Jian pluck (one leaf, one bud)

Oxidation: none

Manufacture: Pan-fired, with significant fuzz balls


Appearance: Flat leaf style

Flavor: Toasty, nutty, complex flavor

Aroma: Clean, strikingly bright aroma

Liquor: Rich straw color classic to a pan-fired green tea


Zhejiang Province, China

2021 Pre-Qing Ming
1st Spring Harvesting Season
(end of March – April 5th)


China Spring Green Tea:


Chinese spring green teas are categorized by four seasonal designations indicating which time in the spring the tea was picked and manufactured. The earlier the tea is plucked the smaller the yield of that tea will be and the more expensive the tea will be. The earliest plucked teas are the most desirable for sweetness and delicacy, and the fever for these teas is high in China as well as in the West. Chinese spring green teas are only plucked once a year in their designated harvesting seasons.


 – Early spring plucked teas:


Pre-Qing Ming tea: 1st Spring Harvesting Season from end of March to before April 5th.


Pre-Qing Ming teas are the first teas plucked each new spring season. Depending on the location and altitude in each tea-producing region, leaf plucking can begin as early as the middle week of March and continue until April 5th.


Pre-Qing Ming teas command the highest prices because the demand for these teas outpaces the supply each spring. This is especially true for Famous Teas such as Gan Lu, Long Ding, Longjing, Lu Shan, Tai Ping Hou Kui, and Zhu Ye Qing.


Yu Qian /Before the Rain tea: 2nd Spring Harvesting Season from April 5th to April 20th


– Late spring plucked teas:


Gu Yu tea: 3rd Spring Harvesting Season from April 21st to May 6th


Li Xia tea: 4th Spring Harvesting Season from May 7th until
May 21st




img-more_seasonal Seasonal Tea Explained

Use 1 Tablespoon (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each
Water temperature should be 170˚F-180˚F


If your steeped tea seems a bit more astringent than desired, lower the temperature of the hot water that you are using, especially for the initial steeping.

Tips of the Golden Dragon’s Tail is one of the classic Spring Green teas of coastal eastern China. Elegantly formed into its flat, sword-like shape and with the general appearance of a well-made Dragonwell, this tea is not only beautiful to look at but is delicious in the cup. And it has always been one of our top sellers in the years that it has been available (which might be two out of every five).

There are several pan-fired green teas in the Dragonwell style that we have tasted over the years, but in this style of manufacture Tea Trekker generally tends to prefer offering several choices within the authentic family of Longjings – the teas from the historic region of production for Dragonwell. True Longjings are hard to beat, and have earned the reputation that they deserve, which is why we offer several very specific, individual-village-growth harvests every year, along with our classic, larger-production Shifeng.

However, there is always room for an exception, so for many years our popular Tips of the Golden Dragon’s Tail has been a notorious adjunct to Tea Trekker’s selection of Longjing teas. Being a unique and consistently wonderful tea in its own right, it does not attempt to pass itself off as just another copycat of anything. This flavorful and distinctive green tea has a different style of nuttiness and richness that speak to its own place of origin – and does not rely on another tea’s provenance. Sometimes teas in this style from Eastern China, but not from the official Longjing district, are called (or referred to as) Jin Long, which is a sly re-arrangement of the Longjing name (obvious ‘borrowing’ to some and not to others, depending on how much of a wordsmith one is!) however, we tend to simply provide a beautiful name for this tea and enjoy it as a pan-fired country green.

When similar teas are crafted from different cultivars or sub-varieties of camellia sinensis, the results should be unique and different; the goal should not be to duplicate, replicate, or copycat. As a Pinot Noir and a Merlot will be immediately recognizable one from another, so too will our premium Tips of the Golden Dragon’s Tail be identifiable from its cousins in the family of Longjings. These two tea productions come from a similar style of manufacture, but the core leaf is very different and distinct; and, of course, their terroirs are different.

What we like about this style of tea is the richness and smoothness of flavor – attributes that develop during the intense and carefully-tended firing in a reasonably hot, leaf-firing pan. What we love about Tips of the Golden Dragon’s Tail is its unique flavor and aroma. There is a complexity to its nuttiness: sweet, salty, & fruity – and it is complex in a very sophisticated way. The aroma rises straightforwardly out of the teapot or cup, and draws the enthusiast into its atmosphere – seducing the tea drinker into enjoying its liquor.


Many teas do this, but not with this particular flavor profile. If you haven’t tried this unique tea, you might want to consider this an opportunity.


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