The most famous green tea in China is certainly Long Jing, which is grown in the mountains around the West Lake area of Hangzhou in the central coastal province of Zhejiang. This is an area believed by the Chinese to be proof of Heaven on Earth. Long Jing, or Dragon Well, was named after a well near the Old Long Jing Temple some 1700 years ago. One legend goes that while digging this well during the Ming Dynasty, the person found a unique dragon-shaped stone and from that time on called it Dragon Well. Once designated for tribute tea, it is frequently found listed among the “Ten Famous Teas of China” or Zhong Guo Shi Da Ming Cha 中国十大名茶 .
Dragon Well (Long Jing) Tea
- Water: High quality soft water will make the taste smooth and sweet.
- Temperature: Boil the water and let it cool to 75-80 degrees Celcius before pouring
- Instructions: Add 3 grams of tea to a 12 ounce glass. Gently pour 50 ml of water over the leaves, enough to cover them. Sway the glass to moisten the leaves. After 1 minute, pour another 100 ml of water. Brew for 2 minutes and serve.
- Infusions: 3-5