Longjing Dafo Village
Dafo Village, Xin Chang County,
Zhejiang Province, China
1st Harvesting Season
(end of March - April 5th)
Arrival approx mid-April 2016
Use 3 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 170°F-180°F
Longjing tea is the pride of Zhejiang Province where it has been made for many centuries. This fine Longjing is plucked in tea gardens located approximately 50 miles outside of the Xi Hu designated Longjing region in Xin Chang county.
This delicious Longjing will perk up even the most jaded palate. Our savvy tea enthusiast customers have discovered the clean, fresh and invigorating flavor of this increasingly popular Longjing. A little dry "pull" of astringency gives this tea a desireable thirst-quenching quality. Its characteristic long, flat, somewhat 'lumpy' appearance makes it easily identifiable in a 'guess what tea this is' contest.
What Longjings have in common is the general shape of their leaf, and the pluck - two leaves and a young bud. Because they are hand-shaped, the various Longjing productions have slightly different appearances, but they are made using the same pan-firing techniques. Longjing Dafo possesses a distinctive, well-shaped appearance that is unique to the cultivar used for its production.
Where Longjings really differ is in the flavor - Longjing Dafo offers a signature taste that combines toastiness, nuttiness and vegetal freshness in a unique way. From the first sip of the initial steeping right through to the lingering taste of the last cup of the final steeping, Longjing Dafo fills the palate with satisfying flavor.
The taste is fresh, lively and spirited. It has a bright snap if you steep it just a little bit longer than 2 minutes for a first steeping, or it is smooth as silk if you stop the first steeping at 90 seconds. The second steeping is far better than you probably expect and we even squeeze a third steeping from these flavor-packed leaves by using less water than for the first two steepings - but don't steep it too long!
Dafo Village Longjing is also extremely refreshing if allowed to cool and then drunk when almost cold. What a fabulous palate refresher.
There is a long history of tea cultivation and tea drinking in this region: much of it began centuries ago to supply the needs of the resident monks and visiting scholars at the Dafo Buddhist Temple ( constructed in the 4th century BC ).
NOTE: 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 year. This is especially true for the Famous Teas such as Long Ding and Longjing, and the fever for these teas hits in China as well as in the West.
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