Longjing Shi Feng



Green Tea


Longjing Shi Feng 1st Grade


Appearance: flat leaf style, leaf with some buds
Oxidation: none
Manufacture: pan-fired
Flavor: soft, rich, toasty flavor- can be bold tasting if steeped hot
Aroma: nutty, toasty, full aroma
Liquor: deep golden colored tea liquor




Xi Hu Region, Zhejiang Province, China

2017 Yu Qian / Before the Rains
2nd Spring Harvesting Season
(April 5th-April 20th)


China Spring Green Tea:


Chinese spring green teas are categorized by four seasonal designations indicating which time in the spring the tea was picked and manufactured. The earlier the tea is plucked the smaller the yield of that tea will be and the more expensive the tea will be. The earliest plucked teas are the most desirable for sweetness and delicacy, and the fever for these teas is high in China as well as in the West. Chinese spring green teas are only plucked once a year in their designated harvesting seasons.


 – Early spring plucked teas:


Pre-Qing Ming tea: 1st Spring Harvesting Season from end of March to before April 5th.


Pre-Qing Ming teas are the first teas plucked each new spring season. Depending on the location and altitude in each tea-producing region, leaf plucking can begin as early as the middle week of March and continue until April 5th.


Pre-Qing Ming teas command the highest prices because the demand for these teas outpaces the supply each spring. This is especially true for Famous Teas such as Gan Lu, Long Ding, Longjing, Lu Shan, Tai Ping Hou Kui, and Zhu Ye Qing.


Yu Qian /Before the Rain tea: 2nd Spring Harvesting Season from April 5th to April 20th


– Late spring plucked teas:


Gu Yu tea: 3rd Spring Harvesting Season from April 21st to May 6th


Li Xia tea: 4th Spring Harvesting Season from May 7th until
May 21st


Use 1.25 Tablespoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each
Water temperature should be 170°F-180°F

Longjing Shi Feng 1st Grade, is one of our most popular teas. It is harvested during the 2nd harvesting season in the spring and we intentionally receive it in the late spring/early summer. We like to have this tea after the early spring Longjings have sold out when it is time to focus on the more mature, nutty, complex and involved flavors that come forward in Shi Feng 1st Grade Longjing.

This lovely tea has a warm, toasty, slightly yeasty flavor with a hint of chestnut in the after-taste. While normally a 1st Grade Longjing will be overall ‘stronger’ and more forthright in flavor than the other Longjings that we offer, our 2017 1st Grade is a Yu Qian pluck, so while it possesses great clarity and pureness of flavor – representing the subtle style that the Chinese prefer – it also shows a depth of flavor that a slightly more mature leaf will exhibit. It iss also a bit sweet this year, which adds to the complexity and contributes a long aftertaste (or as the Chinese refer to it: ‘returning flavor‘).

Though having been plucked during the second-earliest Spring season, this 1st Grade has that toasty underlying style that we love in a hearty Longjing. This and the Longjing from Weng-jia Shan are Tea Trekker’s bolder style Longjings.

We find a clear distinction between the style of Longjing that is highly-regarded in East Asia and that preferred in the West. In East Asia, subtlety and clarity, softness and sweetness are sought-after qualities in Longjing. In most of North America and Western Europe, a bolder, more nutty and assertive style of Longjing is preferred. Most of this year’s 2017 Longjings were somewhat subtle but not as much as they were last year.

Longjings have different flavor profiles due to influences (terroir) particular to the micro-climates that exist in and around the harvesting areas in the vicinity of West Lake (the origin of authentic Longjing) and the time of the pluck.

All of our Longjing teas are completely hand made and are pan-fired in charcoal-fired tea firing pans by artisans who are masters of their craft.

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