Private Order: 2022 Shifeng Longjing/Dragonwell Green Tea
$88.00 – $625.00
- Description of Grades
- About the Xihu Longjing Production Regions
- Additional information
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Please Note: All grades have now been sold out. See you next year!
We are pleased to again be able to offer several tiers of Shifeng Longjing for 2022. Shifeng Longjing of this quality is typically not readily available through shops or conventional sources, and authentic pickings can even be difficult to acquire within China due to limited production quantity and status.
These teas come from a registered distributor in Hangzhou and have an authentication code associated with each one (per 250g). These teas are offered on a private/pre-order basis for those who want to experience arguably one of the most famous and coveted teas in China. Although we have sampled batches from previous years, due to our inability to travel into the future and sample this year’s tea, we cannot personally assess each grade, but vouch 100% for authenticity.
Pre-ming Shifeng Longjing teas are quite expensive relative and as such we do not recommend them for beginners or those looking for qualities similar to lower grade Zhejiang longjing. Just as with other types of tea, the quality difference with these teas can be nuanced and subtle, expressed through clarity of flavour and mouthfeel. If you’re looking for an overwhelming nuttiness, obvious fragrance, or a daily drinking green, then we recommend sticking with more affordable versions of Longjing or having a look at our Ganlu offering for this year.
Please see the “description of grades” tab for more information about the differences between each tier. Each of these teas uses the #43 varietal, with the exception of the Niubeiji picking, which is 群体种.
Bear in mind that teas of this caliber are not cheap. Minimum quantity for each grade is dictated by our supplier, which is 100g, although 200g sizes are available too.
Each purchase has an authentication code with its own authentication sticker. These authentication stickers are regulated by the Chinese government and issued to producers in Longjing village according to their production output. Each purchase will have an associated authentication code and QR code per 100g that can be used to verify the origin.
Pre-Rain – This tea is picked after Qingming festival, but before the first spring rains. The result is an excellent quality tea that is full of flavour, but much more affordable than the early pickings. The leaf appearance may not be the prettiest, but this is a great choice in terms of value and considered by old teaheads as the “true taste of Longjing”.
Qihuo Pre-Ming 43 Varietal – This tea is picked during “qihuo” (骑火), which is the two days before and including the Qingming festival. This was considered by Emperor Qianlong to be the best Longjing of the season due to its fullness and endurance. It also happens to be one of our personal favourite grades both in terms of flavour and value.
AA Grade Pre-Ming 43 Varietal – Picked just before the Qihuo grade period, this tea offers a slightly more delicate flavour.
Special Grade/Teji Pre-Ming 43 Varietal – This consists of the 43 varietal (new varietal) tea that has been picked earlier than the AA grade and is more tender and delicate.
Premium/Top Grade /Jingpin Pre-Ming 43 Varietal – 精品级含头采, or “premium grade first pickings” consists of the earliest pickings, including first picking, and is considered the highest grade from the Shifeng region.
Niubeiji (牛背脊)/”Bull Back” Hand Roasted – This is the highest grade we can make available and comes from a smaller, special production area. This area is known for older bushes that produce a thick texture and rich fragrance.
There are 5 areas within the Xihu (west lake) production area that produce Longjing, each with their own minor differences in processing: Each of these teas come from Shifeng, which is considered the top sub-region in terms of quality.
The other subregions are Longjing, Yunxi, Hupao, and Meijiawu (which produces the largest amount of Longjing out of lot). Tea from these regions are also considered as authentic Xihu Longjing. Other “Longjing” is technically Zhejiang Longjing from Qiantang or Yuezhou.
|Dimensions||5 × 4 × 8 cm|