Shi Feng Long Jing originated in the Longjing village near Hangzhou located in the Zhejiang Province of China. It was considered to be an imperial tea by the Kangxi Emperor of Qing dynasty. The tea is also known as Lion’s Peak Dragon Well Tea, as Dragon Well is located close to Longjing village.
Taste and appearance
Shi Feng Long Jing tea leaves appear quite different from other tea leaves. They look more like flattened beanstalks. They are plucked out in a combination of two leaves and one bud. They are then fried and flattened in a way that both the leaves appear joint, making them look like a single leaf. The process of pan-frying the leaves adds a toasty flavor to them.
The tea brewed from Shi Feng Long Jing leaves is sweet and has thick, velvety flavor. It has a yellow-green color. What makes the tea different from other green teas found in China is its nutty, roasted taste. The tea spreads out an aromatic mix of floral and marine smells, with a whiff of chestnut too.
The tea is loaded with amino acids and Vitamin C. The vitamin is helpful in preventing cold and relieving stress. It is also said to reduce the chances of suffering a stroke. Shi Feng Long Jing also contains a high amount of catechins, generally found in green teas.
You can extract the best taste from the tea leaves by using the traditional Gong Fu style of making tea. Add about three grams of tea leaves in the Gaiwan and boil about 100 ml water to 80 degrees Celsius. The tea can be steeped up to four times. Steep the tea for one or two minutes, the first two times and increase the time to three to five minutes for the next two times.
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.