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Dragon Well Tea

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Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

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About Dragon Well Tea

Loose-leaf dragon well green tea with long, flat leaves
Loose-leaf dragon well tea, showing the peculiar flat shape of the leaves. Photo courtesy of Chah, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Dragon well tea, Chinese long jing(龙井/龍井) or lung ching, is a type of pan-fired green tea from China. It originated in Zhejiang province, near Hangzhou, where it is still produced.

Teas in the style of dragon well are now also produced elsewhere in Zhejiang, and in other provinces, including Anhui and Shandong, and even in other countries, such as Taiwan. Sometimes these teas are labelled and sold as dragon well or long jing, whereas other times they are not.

Dragon well is characterized by its unusual shape and characteristics of the dry leaves--long, flat, and very light weight.

Long jing is available in many different grades with widely variable prices. Some of the higher-quality dragon well teas are considered highly desirable and can be very expensive.

Brewing dragon well / long jing

Dragon well leaves steeping in a glassSteeping the leaves directly in a glass mug or tall glass is a popular method for brewing long jing. Adapted from a public domain photo. Take care to use heat-resistant glass if using this method.
Long jing can be brewed similar to most other Chinese green teas. When measuring out the tea, keep in mind that the flat nature of the tea leaf can make the same amount of tea occupy less space than other loose-leaf green teas.

In her post Brewing Long Jing (dragonwell), Gingko Seto of Life in Teacup recommends brewing this type of tea using water that is 185°-195°F (85°-90°C), a little hotter than for some green teas. Stephane of Tea Masters goes into a little more depth in his posts Dragon Well - Long Jin - facts and experiments and 3 brewing methods for Lung Jing tea, explaining that most tea shops recommend cooler temperatures (140°-160°F or 60°-70°C), but that higher temperatures are better for extracting flavor, and that high-quality long jing will usually not taste too bitter even when the water temperature is high.

Another tea called "dragon well"

A Yunnan green tea which is also called Bao Hong Tea (宝洪茶), is called Yi Liang Long Jing (宜良龙井), meaning Yi Liang Dragon Well. This tea does resemble the traditinoal dragon well in processing and appearance, but less in taste.[1]

References:

1. Yi Liang Long Jing, Life in Teacup, Feb. 12, 2012.

Best Dragon Well Tea

The notion of the "best" Dragon Well Tea is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Dragon Well Green Tea

Brand:Novus Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
52
3 Ratings
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Lungching Green Tea

Brand:Foojoy
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
79
3 Ratings
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Dragonwell Green Tea

Brand:Teavana
Region:Zhejiang, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Dragon Well

Brand:Rishi Tea
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings

Top-Rated Teas

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Lungching Green Tea

Brand:Foojoy
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
79
3 Ratings
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Dragon Well Green Tea

Brand:Novus Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
52
3 Ratings

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