2015 Pre-Ching Ming Dragon Well | Ching Ming Long Jing
This 2015 Long Jing was produced in the high mountain organic tea garden in Lin An of Hangzhou. The tea garden is located at the altitude of 800m. It was planted by the seed growing Jiu Keng Qun Ti Zong cultivar (鸠坑群体种) in 1990s. The garden has been certified organic ever since 2005. The tea is of outstanding quality thanks to high mountains, organic farming and a very rich gene source. The tea was processed by a traditional Long Jing pan frying. It gives roasted bean and orchid like flavor. The taste is intensely mellow sweet!
The premium early season first-picking known as Ming Qian or Pre-Qingming (or Before Ching Ming) Longjing tea requires it to be produced from the first spring shoots prior to the Qingming Festival each year. In accordance with the Chinese farming calendar, which is a national holiday between April 1–4, it rains. After the rain the temperature heats up causing the tea plant to grow faster. When the tea bud becomes too big it begins to lose complexity in the brewed flavor, therefore the pre-qingming tea is considered the best. Qing ming Festival 2021 was dated on April, 4th.