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Zehijiang, China is
an eastern coastal province with a humid, subtropical climate. One of the most famous
tea producing regions in China, records of tea production date back as early as
the Wei and Jin Dynasties, 1500 years ago.
This year's Imperial Lotus Heart
features slightly larger and darker colored leaves. As always, impressive and
full of complexity, the production of one kilo of this ultra-high-quality dragon
well requires around 100,000 picked leaves! Although some lesser quality dragon
well tea is experiencing less demand, high quality dragon well like our
selection for 2013 has experienced increased pricing due to another decrease in
production. After filling orders from our waiting list, there is only a small
amount of tea to be offered so don't wait too long . . .
According to Roy's book, The Great Teas of China, this
year's Lotus Heart certainly conforms to the four uniques outlined: light jade yellow color in the cup, vegetal
aroma, mellow chestnut-like flavor, and singular appearance with flat,
straight, narrow leaves pointed at the tip. The mouth-feel and texture is
exquisitely silky. West Lake Dragon Well, in general, is considered the
undisputed King of Green Tea in China, due to its popularity.
This year's Lotus Heart Dragon Well gives every reason to uphold this honored placed
in the hearts of Dragon Well lovers worldwide.
dragon well is lighter in flavor but features more sweetness and gentle notes
of fresh cut spinach and asparagus. When brewed correctly, it displays a ripe avocado blended with milk texture, thick and creamy!
suggest using more leaves, a min. of 5-6 grams per 6 oz. of water, and infuse
with low temperature water for a few minutes. Drain into a fine porcelain cup
to enjoy when the tea is lukewarm.
with any fine Dragon Well tea, extra care must be taken to produce the
most delicious brew and avoid excessive bitterness. Roy recommends
setting your digital kettle to 120-130 degrees F and brewing 5 grams of
tea in a porcelain gaiwan for approximately two minutes (experiment to
find your personal preference). Immediately decant into a serving
pitcher. Note that this tea should be brewed and served at only a