Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"a really unique black tea with a signature stonefruit flavor. If you like crisp and fruity flavors, this is one to try."|
Black Long Jing is certainly a unique black tea. This tea is made from the same leaves that are used to make the famous green Long Jing (or Dragonwell) tea. The dry tea leaves are wide and large, bearing a small resemblence to the pan-fired flattened versions of these leaves that are used to make the green tea counterpart. I followed the Lu Lin guidance for brewing this tea, by letting freshly boiled water cool just a bit then infusing for two to four minutes. The tea is a rich amber reddish-brown with a delightfully fruity flavor. I was very much impressed with this tea's fruitiness, which mostly resembles the flavor of plums or peaches. There is a somewhat smoky or earthy essence to this tea as well, which I found to nicely balance out the fruity tones. This tea had a mild astringency to it, which I noted decreased significantly as the tea's temperature cooled. This tea required nothing be added to it, and because it has such a unique flavor profile, I would actually recommend against putting anything in it. The Lu Lin website mentions that this tea is a winner for iced tea, and it's easy to see why. The flavor profile is fruity and crisp, therefore very refreshing. Very unusual for a black tea is the fact that these leaves can be re-steeped up to three times. I tried out the multiple steepings and while there was a decrease in the strength of the tea's flavor from one infusion to the next, I was still impressed that I could get multiple infusions out of black leaves, and that each infusion was worthy of drinking. In all, this is a really unique black tea with a signature stonefruit flavor. If you like crisp and fruity flavors, this is one to try. This tea's price is perhaps a little more than that of your average black tea, but this tea's flavor is also much more than that of your average black tea.
— To purchase Lu Lin Black Long Jing Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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