Lung Ching means "Dragon Well", which refers to an old well halfway up a hill outside of Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, where the tea was originally grown. This tea comes from a village the other side of the hill, called. For the last few years, Mr. Zhao has made our Lung Ching. His house and tea factory is up the hill, with hills of tea plants just outside.
We like to get our Lung Ching from tea just after the start of the season. The first teas are very, very expensive and often the tea does not match the price. This year we choose a tea that had great body and lovely sweetness, indicative of great levels of amino acids.
Some green and oolong leaves smell like chocolate to me and that always means I am going to love it. When I opened this, I smelled milk chocolate. When steeped, this changes to a toasted nut flavor. The liquor is very pale but the tea resteeps well. We liked it so much that the two of us drank three pots tonight. No sour taste, no bitterness, just delightfully smooth and rich tasting. Medium body. (Posted on 8/4/15)
I'm semi new to green tea and so far it's been hard to get past the grassy flavors of them. It's so mild in this tea and the other flavors are truly amazing. This will absolutely be a gateway green tea for me. I suspect I will continue to order this for a while (Posted on 1/24/15)
Although the flavor in this tea is very subtle, it is enough to taste how truly divine it is. I love how fresh the leaves smell, like fresh cut grass in the summer time. I smell this and think "this is green tea." This is the standard for which all other green teas should be judged. (Posted on 3/9/14)
Long jing is my favourite green tea, and I like to try it as it is supplied by different merchants. This Mei Jia Wu of Harney & Sons' is truly excellent. The leaves are beautiful in themselves, uniform in shape and colour, small and well picked. I am not good at describing fragrances or flavours - but the leaves give a rich, slightly nutty fragrance when first moistened, and the infusion is pleasantly complex and lingering. Very smooth. Really, to my mind, an excellent long jing. (Posted on 9/13/12)