Xi Hu Long Jing is among the premium Long Jing teas of China. The tea finds a mention in Cha Ching, which is said to be the first book ever written on teas. The tea was originally grown in the Long Jing mountain range of Hangzhou. The tea is also called as West Lake Dragonwell.
Taste and appearance
Similar to other varieties of Long Jing tea, Xi Hu Long Jing leaves are also flattened and picked out in a pattern or one bud with 1-2 leaves. The tea brewed from these leaves acquires a light green-yellow color. The tea has a prominent nutty flavor, while it smells like a combination of fruity and nutty aromas. The tea has a subtle yet rich orchid-like taste. The tea also leaves a sweet grapefruit-like aftertaste.
The tea is a favorite in China not just because of its smooth texture and deep fragrance, but also because it offers several health benefits. Xi Hu Long Jing green tea is high in antioxidants, which makes it beneficial in preventing cancer. It is also said to help with weight loss, apart from improving the skin texture. The tea is also beneficial in reducing cholesterol level in the body. In fact, it is said to boost the production of good cholesterol in the body.
Using a Gaiwan for brewing the tea will ensure that you release all the flavors and aromas of Xi Hu Long Jing leaves. You will need about two grams of Xi Hu Long Jing tea leaves to make 150 ml of tea. Steep the leaves between 70 and 80 degrees Celsius for about one minute when brewing it for the first and second time. You can steep the tea four times. Increase the time and temperature with every subsequent brew.
Is most simple technique to make a delicious glass of Dragon Well.
Tall glass brewing method is intended for un-fermented tea such as green tea, white tea, yellow tea and mao cha. The method is simple. Basically, all you need to do is use a tall glass, put the tea leaves in to it then fill the glass with the appropriate temperature water. Through the transparent glass you can appreciate the beautiful leaves as they unfurl and release their delicate flavors. Once the leaves have sunk to the bottom, you can actually drink straight from the glass. As fine green and white teas should never become too bitter, you can keep the leaves in the glass without taking it out.