Origin of the name: West Lake Dragon Well
The special name of this Chinese green tea refers to an ancient village 'Dragon Well' southwest of the 'West Lake'. This picturesque lake is loved by Chinese and foreign tourist for its leisurely charm, and it's the symbol of Hangzhou, China. It's surrounded by little pagoda-topped hills and wonderful bridges. To some the West Lake is considered as the representation of classical beauty of China.
South of the lake perhaps China's most well-known tea regions, named after the lake. The region consists of the 5 famous Dragon Well villages the original local tea is produced. Our artisan Dragon Well tea is sourced directly from small family farms in the Mei Jia Wu village.
Cold brew green tea
Slow cooking is popular these days, but did you know you can cold brew green tea? We tried with this Dragon Well green tea, and the result was amazing. There was absolutely no bitterness, and it draws out all the sweetness from mother nature. Watch the video to see how easy it is to do it yourself:
West Lake Dragon Well green tea is from one of the main tea regions in China; the Hangzhou West Lake region in Zhejiang province, also known as 'xi hu'. Many tea plantations can be found among the hills, each producing Chinese Dragon Well loose tea.
Produced for more than 1000 years in this area of China, this tea possesses four qualities that set it above other teas: emerald green color, aromatic flavor, overall appearance, and crisp and refreshing taste.
Harvesting Dragon Well green tea
The harvest time for Dragon Well tea is a short six weeks, with the first two weeks producing the superior grade teas. Once picked, the loose tea leaves must be hand roasted the same day. A roaster uses his or her bare hands in order to feel both the heat and the dryness of the leaves. Once roasted, the leaves are ready for immediate consumption.
|Steeping time||3-4 min|
|Steeping temperature||85 °C - 185 °F|
|Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot||2-5 gram|
|Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz)||1.5 tbsp|
|Tea Caffeine Content||medium|
|Tea Region||West Lake, Hangzhou|
|Tea in Chinese||西湖龙井|