This is a lovely, very well-made country green tea that is modest in price but long on flavor. It is back this year by popular demand as a Tea Trekker customer favorite.
Good news for fans of this tea…..the 2017 season has produced a very tasty batch of this tea, made from more concentrated, medium-sized, spring leaf. This batch really impressed us. The finished tea is about the same size as the traditional size for Dragon Whiskers (slightly larger than last year’s) .
Each year we purchase a larger quantity of this tea as we expect word-of-mouth about the goodness and value of this tea to continue to spread. We were first introduced to this tea at the Fang Cun tea market in Guangzhou some years ago and ordered it immediately. Sweet, refreshing and readily drinkable, this tea has become the everyday tea for many of our customers. Dragon Whiskers is made from Longjing varietal tea bushes that are grown not for production of Longing (this is not the Longjing production zone) but for making this delicious regional tea.
In China, teas such as this are known as Clouds & Mist teas, a reference to a weather phenomenon that occurs in many mountainous tea growing locations of eastern China. At certain high elevations, thin, wispy clouds develop over the landscape in the morning and drift whichever way the wind blows over the tea gardens. This brings much needed gentle moisture to the tea bushes.These misty clouds disappear in the afternoon, only to return again the next day.
This mao jian pluck – the bud and one leaf – is very elegant in appearance which makes for an easy-to-measure leaf that yields a very tasty cup with good clarity and sweet spring aroma. It has a rich, full-bodied, buttery flavor in the cup to satisfy Western tea drinkers, yet has enough of the sweetness of early spring tea to make it truly special.
Easy to steep, this tea is reasonably forgiving about water temperature and steep time. This is not to suggest that attention should not be paid to steeping parameters, but that it is a more ‘tolerant’ tea than some others in the teapot.