Organic Dragonwell Lung Ching Green Tea
Dragon Well ("lung ching" or "long jing" in Chinese) is perhaps the most famous green tea from China, named after the Dragon's Well landmark in the West Lake area of the Zhejiang Province, where the tea was first made. Dragon Well 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 pale golden yellow infusion is smooth and light bodied. The well-balanced flavor profile of the liquor suggests freshly cut grass, young string beans and toasted chestnuts, with a light minerality that lingers on the palate.
Ingredients: organic and Fair Trade Certified Chinese green tea
Origin: Dazhangshan Tea Gardens, Jiangxi Province, China
Jiangxi Province, located in eastern China, is surrounded by mountains on three sides and sits comfortably in a subtropical climate, making it an excellent place for growing tea. Situated in Wuyuan county, the Da Zhang Shan Tea Garden maintains the region’s 1200-year reputation as the “golden triangle” of exceptional tea production. Certified organic in 1997, Da Zhang Shan was the first producer organization in China to gain Fair Trade certification in 2001. With over 5,400 member households, the Da Zhang Shan Tea Association has used their premiums to renovate 3 factories, establish a microcredit program, and build a school, among many other initiatives.
At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!
"I love the shape of the leaves, the blades are soft and silky to the touch."
"This is one of the only representations available on the market of a Dragonwell-style green tea that is organic and Fair Trade Certified!"
"Compare this tea with our Japanese Sencha green tea to truly appreciate the differences between Chinese and Japanese green tea"
Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.
Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.
For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!
Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Lung Ching Lore
There is an incredible amount of Chinese lore surrounding Dragonwell (lung ching or long jing in Chinese), with each tale more mystifying than the last. One tale tells of an old woman who had a house near a crossroads, and as passersby came and went she gave them tea. She had no more than an old mortar and two tea trees. One winter, an old man came to her and gave her money. 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 tested her dedication to tea. After seeing that she was faithful to her brewing method, and that she cared well for the mortar and tea trees, the spirit left her enough money to make it through the difficult winter, and blessed her with the ability to grow tea trees.
Dragonwell Tea is considered the tea of royalty and has a specific manufacturing process that was perfected on Lion Peak Mountain (a mountain in the western part of Zhejiang province). Its manufacturing technique has been emulated by numerous other areas in China, but the most authentic Dragonwell teas comes from the West Lake District. One of the many differentiating steps during its manufacture is the hand-roasting in a wok. There are two temperature ranges necessary for proper roasting: a lower temperature range (140-160 degrees F) to burn off the tiny white hairs that naturally cover the leaves and remove most of the water; and a higher temperature range (175-212 degrees F) for 12-15 minutes to broaden and flatten out the leaves. Tea craftsmen and women may spend up to 3 years learning their craft and earning their title.
For even more information about this and other traditions, visit our Tea Traditions page!