Dragon Well (Lung Ching) is perhaps the most famous green tea from China, named after the Dragon's Well landmark in the West Lake area of the Zhejiang, where the tea was first made. Dragon Well ("Lung Ching" in Chinese) is known for its unique shape and remarkable flavor. During pan firing, the leaves are folded in on themselves, forming the characteristic sword-like shape.
Our organic and Fair Trade Certified Dragonwell green tea is grown in the Jiangxi region and manufactured in the Dragonwell style. Its rose-tinted gold infusion is smooth and light bodied. The well-balanced flavor profile of the liquor suggests freshly cut grass and toasted chestnuts, with a somewhat floral fragrance.
This organic tea is our standard grade Dragonwell Green Tea. For those looking for a higher grade Dragonwell, please try our Organic Emerald Spring Lung Ching Green Tea.
Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea
Serving Size: one generous teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Compare this tea with our Japanese Sencha green tea to truly appreciate the differences between Chinese and Japanese green tea
Jeremy Says: This is one of the only representations available on the market of a Dragonwell-style green tea that is organic and Fair Trade Certified!
Posted by Shelley on 10th Mar 2013
I'm new to loose leaf teas and I have been sampling many varieties to find my favorites. This is definitely one of them. I really wanted to like Sencha or Gyokuro better to fit in with my usual Japanese culture preference, but I think China wins for me as far as tea goes. This dragonwell tea is just sooo yummy! I do however like the Japanese Houjicha and Kukicha. I wish I knew exactly what it is I like about the tea so this review would be more helpful, but I hope that including other likes and dislikes might help in the way of "if you like this, you may also like..."
Posted by Joseph Paulson on 19th Jul 2012
The leaf is well formed and shaped in the lung ching tradition. Not many broken pieces. And the scent of the dry leaf is sweet, reminiscent of hay or cut grass. The tea brews a brownish, unappealing liquor. But a taste of the tea makes up for the muddy appearance. The most unique and pleasing flavor is of sea vegetables, and the finish is lemony and tart. Enjoyable on a quiet afternoon.
Posted by Graham Friday on 22nd May 2012
This tea wasn't quite the same as what I expected when I ordered it- it had a fair amount of little wooden stems in it that I had not seen in my previous dragonwell. It took a little while to get used to the different taste (more umami, akin to bancha, than the previous dragonwell I've had) but eventually I really warmed up to this tea, and I drink it at least once everyday now. I was told by an employee here that the emerald spring lung ching is a higher quality of dragonwell, so keep that in mind when ordering.
Posted by Aysia on 15th Feb 2012
I really enjoy sipping this green tea throughout the day. The flavor is well-rounded, and without any bitterness. I only steep it for about 1 minute, which seems to be perfect. This is a nice, every day green tea that can be enjoyed throughout the day. I also like how the tea pairs well with everything I have tried it with (in other words, it is a basic tea that will not overpower). Quite a delight!
Posted by Lukasz on 6th Dec 2011
I purposely waited 9+ months to review this tea in order to provide a true assessment of it. I ordered this tea in bulk and stored it inside the large air tight metal containers sold here.
For the first two or so months, this tea was great. Aroma out of the bag was a very pleasant nutty scent. First infusion was always well balanced and very soothing. Second and third infusion was typically less flavorful with much of the nutty aroma gone.
I take care of my teas and for whatever reason this one fell off a cliff after two or so months. The great nutty aroma of the tea nearly disappeared and the flavor became more and more stale. It could be that this tea is a lot more fragile than others, but unfortunately I had to throw out the remainder of my bulk package after 5-6 months. It was just about undrinkable.
Posted by Christine Hart on 21st Oct 2010
As the description notes I agree with the 'balanced flavor profile' - it has a delicate almost sage like flavor; it tastes like the color green. This is a staple green tea. Very popular variety; one cannot go wrong in picking this one. My only comment... this tea is very sensitive to the temperature you seep it in. I suppose all teas are to some extent. This tea has to be seeped in roughly 180 degrees F. That's 30 degrees short of boiling so one has to develop an awareness of one's kettle (or however you heat water). It took me a long time to figure out exactly when to take the kettle off the burner otherwise this tea turns utterly bitter and the flavor is destroyed. Just master the temp and the tea will be wonderful!
Posted by Andrew on 3rd Mar 2010
This was a replacement for my normal Fresh & Easy Brand Organic Lung Ching that they recently discontinued on me. Miss the cheap price and convenience of a store bought tea but actually I found this tea to be much smoother and almost creamy.
Posted by Joe Brodnicki on 30th Sep 2009
Dragonwell Lung Ching Green Tea has a balanced flavor with a touch of bitter and nutty/smoky tastes that make green tea my favorite drink. Not too heavy but a taste that will holds up over time.
Posted by Lalberal on 1st Jun 2009
I just taste-tested Dragonwell Lung Ching against Gunpowder Green and Chun Mee Green. Dragonwell was my favorite. It is very mild and light somewhat floral and leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. I have found "my tea."
Posted by Unknown on 12th Aug 2008
This was the first tea I've ever tried from Arbor Teas and it is by far my favorite green tea. The flavor is perfectly balanced. It is truly exquisite.
Posted by Gretchen on 15th Apr 2008
This has huge full flavor. A wonderful tea!
Posted by Keith Skronek on 28th Nov 2007
Big soft mouth feel without a strong flavor. I drink this tea all day and is by far my favorite of the five teas I've tried from Arbor Teas.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one generous teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
A well-vetted remedy for the flu and cold season is a humble bowl of chicken soup. Why not combine the healthy properities of green tea with those of chicken noodle soup to give your immune system an additional boost? Yes, green tea can be incorporated into the broth of the soup! The tea adds subtle notes of astringency as its smooth, light-bodied flavor competes with the aromatic celery, parsley and peppercorns on the palate. Check here to view the full recipe for Dragonwell (Green Tea) Chicken Noodle Soup.
There is an incredible amount of Chinese lore surrounding Lung Ching, with each tale more mystifying than the last. Recently we came across one of these stories that we thought might be particularly worth sharing. This story is translated from the work of a Chinese blog writer named 刘胜权, and it goes something like this:
A long long time ago there was an old lady who lived by a dragon well (a type of large mortar). Near her house and the mortar grew eighteen wild tea trees of the type that usually grew in mountainous regions. Right outside her front door ran the busiest part of a street that the NanShan farmers used to travel to Xi'Hu. When travelers passed by, they always wanted to take a break at this spot, so the old lady set up a single table and a wooden bench for passersby. At the same time, she thought she could use some of the wild tea leaves and water from the old mortar to brew up some tea. It would be a great place for members of her community to rest before making the journey to Xi'Hu. Little did she know, some day this spot would become known throughout the world.
One winter, only a few days before the new year, when the snow was falling and piling up very deeply, and the tea trees were about to be frozen through and die, there was an unending stream of travelers on their way to buy New Years gifts. In spite of the cold, all of these people still stopped at the old woman's door. One elderly man, as soon as they saw the old woman instantly asked:
"Grandma, have you bought anything yet for new years?"
The old woman sighed and replied, "Don't speak of new years. I can't afford to buy anything. I only have these few tea trees, and even they are about to freeze to death. Next year, when spring comes, I won't even be able to give out tea anymore."
"That is your most valuable article," the elder said, pointing to an old, busted mortar. "It doesn't even have any use. You could only benefit by selling the old thing."
The old lady replied. "This mortar gets better the older it gets. Now, even if I washed it, it would be worthless. A broken mortar would never sell, and for some things, you just want to take care of them into the future."
The elderly man dug ten silver pieces from the bottom of the mortar and offered them to her, but the old lady dare not take the money. When she turned around the old man had vanished without a trace, so she had no choice but to keep the money herself. A year passed, and during the second spring, tender buds and new leaves sprouted on the eighteen tea trees, and the trees grew better than before. Even more miraculously, wherever she splashed the water from the old mortar more trees grew, and before long the trees were more numerous than ever before. From then on, the old lady was able to happily continue brewing tea for any who passed by. Thus goes the story of the birth of Dragonwell Lung Ching tea.
In this story, it is implied that the old man was a wandering spirit who enjoyed the tea and the service the old lady provided. Noticing that she was in trouble, he put her dedication to tea to the test. Seeing that she was faithful to her brewing method, and that she cared well for the mortar and tea trees which enabled her to run her business, the spirit left her enough money to make it through the difficult winter, and blessed her mortar with the ability to grow tea trees.
For information on other traditions or to submit your own tea tradition visit our Tea Traditions section.