I first wanted to take the opportunity to thank Teagini for the opportunity to try this amazing tea. This company offers a lot of rare Chinese teas, and I have been drinking them all week. I would really recommend checking these out when you get a chance!
Zhe Jiang Xi Hu Long Jin is the most sought after of the Long Jin or dragonwell teas. Dragonwell tea is one of China’s ten famous teas. It is so prized that it was served to Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger during their legendary trip to China. Dragonwell gets its name because in the town where it was grown there is a very deep well of water and it is rumored that a dragon occasionally comes by to take a drink. Because the tea is grown nearby, it inherited the name from this mythical well.
I was really excited to try this tea. I steeped it at 85 degrees Celsius for 4-5 minutes. Here are my tasting notes from this session:
The aroma coming off of this tea as it is steeping is a bit stronger than before. The water is also beginning to turn a deeper shade of yellow.
I notice the difference with this tea right away. The flavor is far deeper and more enjoyable than before. I actually don’t taste the grassiness as much, its more of a deep fruity astringency. The flavor hits you on the sides of the tongue and then leaves you with a mouth watering aftertaste.
The tea is really quite good. Even though it has a relatively bold full-bodied taste, it also has a few high notes of fruity, grassy and floral flavors. There is a little bit of a vegetal flavor to this tea, but not as much as you would expect from a Dragonwell.
I would say it differs from the Grade “B” dragonwell in that the flavor profile is far more complex. With the grade “B” dragonwell, you don’t get any of the floral characteristics, and you certainly don’t get as much of an astringency. This one has a strong fruity, almost citrusy note to it, similar to the Qian Dao Yu Ye teas I tried in the last couple of days.
With the fresh grassiness, brisk astringency and high notes of fresh cut grass and flowers, I think this is the perfect summer tea. As luck would have it, I am currently sitting out on the patio enjoying the sun and all the great wildlife in the backyard. This is such an amazing way to experience a tea and if you find yourself trying a green tea, particularly this green tea, I would highly recommend you take few minutes to sit outside and enjoy it. When I think of oolongs and black teas, I think of curling up on a cold winter or fall day, but when I think of green teas, I think of nice warm summer air and just enjoying the moment surrounded by sun, wind and nature.
This tea is very warm and soothing, but on the other hand, I also notice a little bit of a caffeine buzz. This is not a jittery, coffee type of caffeine, but more of a sustainable energy. I remember this being one of the green teas I particularly notice as giving me some energy, and I thought I would discuss that in the review because after all, how the tea makes you feel is a pretty important part, don't you think?
Even though I do feel a lot of energy from this tea, I am still able to find peace and relaxation. For this reason, I believe this was one of my favorite teas to drink while meditating. You want a nice warm beverage you can sip during meditation, it helps to have an object of focus and also it allows you to stay alert and focus on your breathing as well.
I wanted to steep this tea a second time so I brewed it at the same temperature for a little bit longer. The second steeping tasted far weaker than the first, but that’s to be expected. Compared to the grade “B” this tea had a lot more left to give in the second steeping, which I think is indicative of its quality. A lot of the astringency still remains, and I still find that it has that signature, mouthwatering aftertaste. It loses most of it’s higher notes, like the floral and the grassy ones. It still maintains a tiny bit of the fruitiness, but it is far less noticeable than before. The tea becomes milder, sweeter and smoother. I find the second steeping of a tea makes it more like a dessert tea. This would be a nice tea to drink in the evening and with very little caffeine it really becomes an ideal choice.
This was such a nice tea tasting. I felt myself get calmer and calmer throughout the course of the tasting. As I drank more tea, I found more of a temptation to just sit back and watch the clouds go by. I wouldn’t mind feeling like this all the time!
Thanks everyone for reading this tea review. If you are curious about the other rare Chinese teas I’ve tried in the past few days please check out some of the other tea reviews in the “Green Tea” and “Oolong Tea” sections. Enjoy!