Xihu Longjing

Xihu Longjing Tea, also known as West Lake Dragon Well Tea, is a renowned variety of green tea grown in the vicinity of West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. It is considered one of the finest green teas in China and holds a special place in Chinese tea culture.

The name “Longjing” translates to “Dragon Well,” a reference to a local well near the Longjing Village where the tea originated. Legend has it that a dragon residing in the well brought rain to the area, hence the name. Longjing Tea has a history dating back over a thousand years, with records of its cultivation and consumption dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

Xihu Longjing Tea is meticulously crafted using tender leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. The tea leaves are hand-picked in early spring when they are at their freshest. After harvesting, the leaves undergo a precise process of withering, frying, shaping, and drying, resulting in its distinctive flat, sword-shaped appearance and refreshing flavor profile.

This tea is prized for its delicate aroma, sweet taste, and smooth, mellow texture. It is characterized by subtle floral notes, a hint of chestnut sweetness, and a lingering aftertaste. Longjing Tea is also known for its rich antioxidant content and potential health benefits, including promoting relaxation, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system.

Xihu Longjing Tea is often enjoyed in traditional Chinese tea ceremonies and is favored by tea enthusiasts worldwide. Its association with the scenic beauty of West Lake and its cultural significance as a symbol of Hangzhou make it a cherished emblem of Chinese tea culture.

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