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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Dragon Well (Long Jing)

Loose-leaf green tea with long, flat, yellow-green leaves on a white backgroundLoose-leaf Dragon Well (Long Jing) Green Tea, Photo © Chah Ltd., 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.
Tall glass filled with whole green tea leaves, pale yellow tea brewing, leaves clustering at top and bottom of water in glassSteeping the leaves directly in a glass mug or tall glass is a popular method for brewing long jing. Take care to use heat-resistant glass if using this method. Public domain photo.

Brewing dragon well / long jing

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 traditional dragon well in processing and appearance, but less in taste.[1]

References:

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

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Nutty and umami. I don't have much to say about this, but it really is a great tea even though I rarely drink Chinese greens.

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81 / 100
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Firstly, I made this tea at 185(90 Celsius) degrees for about 3 minutes. The first steeping was very nutty and I loved the taste very much, it had a lettuce taste which I would normally dislike but in this tea it worked. later steepings were lighter in taste and less nutty. I got 3 steepings using 1.5 teaspoons of tea,...

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60 / 100
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Not my favorite dragonwell, but a decent example of the style. Attractive leaves are nice and flat. Nuttier, rather than toastier flavor and aroma, and fairly sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. That said, when it’s time to reorder, I’ll try one of Upton’s other teas of this style instead.

It strikes me as a little e...

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73 / 100
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Dragon Well Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: China
Oct. 2nd, 2017

I got this box free with an order of loose Ten Ren tea. The normal price is $4 for a box of 20 tea bags.

The individual bags are sealed in plastic for freshness and the aroma is quite strong when opened. It doesn't smell like dragon well to me, though, but like cheap gunpowder or pearl green. The dry tea is chopped ...

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96 / 100
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I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.

This tea has an intense sweet, vegetal, almost savoury aroma that immediately struck me. It has a much str...

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