Teas harvested in the spring are considered to be the best in many regions, and China's green teas are no exception.
“Pre Qingming” means this Long Jing has been harvested just before the “Pure Light” festival, when the Chinese people remember their deceased, marking the start of the harvesting of the new-season green teas. All teas harvested before this date are particularly prestigious due to the extreme delicacy of the plucking and the tiny quantities produced.
Also known as “Dragon Well”, Long Jing has one of the best reputations among Chinese teas and is appreciated around the world. Originally from Zhejiang province, its production has gradually extended to many other provinces, and today it is one of the most copied green teas in the whole of China.
Its leaves are well known and easily recognised from the way the leaves are folded into the shape of a young shoot. To shape this “Buddha’s eyelid”, the leaves are toasted for around 20 minutes in a wok using a slow, precise and regular movement.
The very best Long Jing quality. Both delicate and powerful, this Grand Cru boasts vegetal, mineral, metallic, toasted and gourmet notes.
- Zhejiang, China
- Tea colour:
- green tea
- Appearance: good, refined harvest with regular folds
- Colour: attractive, bright, light green – the sign of high quality
- Scents: fresh vegetal, fruit, floral, nuts, toast
- Scents: nuts (fresh hazelnut), fresh and cooked vegetal, peanut, floral
- Colour: clear and gleaming, pale gold
- Texture: velvety
- Flavours: sweet, with sour hints
- Aromas: vegetal (cooked and fresh) nuts (fresh hazelnuts), peanuts, hints of fresh fruit, a iodine accent, vanilla, floral, buttered and toasted
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: an excellent Long Jing with a generous and rich texture, and with complex and intense aromatic notes. Vegetal, mineral and fruity notes are revealed from thefirst tasting, turning into vanilla, butter and toasted fragrances with a long finish. An exceptional tea
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 minutes in water heated to 75°C
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.