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Qiandao Lake Organic Tea Garden is located in Chun’an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, with an average annual temperature of 16-17.0 °C. The tea produced here has strong lingering aroma, taste mellow and smooth. You can recongize a full range of notes in its taste, the most popular ones among people are orchid and wallnut.
The cultivar used is called Jiukeng Big-leaf. This variety of tea plant was originally found in Chun’an, Kaihua, in Zhejiang Province, and Shexian in Anhui Province. In the 1950s, it was introduced to tea-growing areas all around Zhejiang. In 1985 it was verified as a national species with number GS13023-1985 by the National Crop Variety Certification Committee. The dry leaves of the spring tea from this species contain about 3.4% amino acid, 20.9% tea polyphenols, 13.3% catechin and 4.1% caffeine, which makes them well suited for producing green tea.
The tea was produced in a very traditional way which was already forgotten by many producers. Tea leaves stir-fried in a wok, until they are nearly crisp enough to break but unlike other Long Jing teas, this tea are stir-friend twice in a row at different temperatures which gives them special taste attributes.
Dragon Well green tea (Long Jing) is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas, and is often served to visiting heads of state. During the Ming Dynasty, it became very popular and during the reign of Emperor Shunzhi in the Qing Dynasty, the Emperor’s love for this tea meant that it was frequently presented by petitioners as a royal tribute.
- Zhejiang, Hangzhou, Qiandao
- Jiu Keng
- loose tea