Review: TeaGschwendner China Lung Ching

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Thumbs up!"Two infusions are excellent and the second infusion benefits from additional time. I brewed the leaves for a third time to make sure every bit of flavor was extracted. It was a bit thin but flavorful."
Babette’s Teaview: 9.5/10
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chinalungching.jpgOne of the pleasures and disciplines of writing reviews for TeaViews is sharing a bit of tea information picked up along the way. This is one of those teas with an interesting background that adds to the pleasure of drinking a very fine tea.

TeaGeshwendner has named this tea for the village in China where it was grown. Lung Ching is the name of a village in a famous tea growing area. Lung Ching means Dragon Well so we see teas grown in this area as Dragon Well Teas. These teas are some of the most famous and most highly valued teas in China (historically) and now around the world. There are many Dragon Well Teas packaged imported and packaged by tea companies with great variation in the flavor and quality.

This tea, #520, is exceptional. The dry leaf is beautiful and lusciously fragrant. Opening the package and deeply inhaling the aroma can be a very heady experience. If it were cologne I would wear it. Can anyone make a candle that smells this good? Better yet is the transformation of this olfactory pleasure to the steeping gaiwan or teapot.

My best advice for enjoying teas like this is to not let distractions rob you of some of the pleasures of preparing fine teas. TeaGeschwendner's Lung Ching is one of those teas that reward our patience and attention to detail.

It offers the fresh sweetness quality green, a clean taste more to the floral side rather than vegetal with some nutty overtones. The ‘greeness' is very soft and mellow. The infused tea is a clear, golden yellow color.

There are pieces of broken leaf, a large percentage of whole leaf but no fine dust particles. One of the reasons I like to brew teas like this in a single-serving gaiwan is for the convenience of being able to let a few leaves slip into the teacup. These leaves are just as soft and sweet as the liquor and delightful to eat. Two infusions are excellent and the second infusion benefits from additional time. I brewed the leaves for a third time to make sure every bit of flavor was extracted. It was a bit thin but flavorful.

In the 2008 competition at World Tea Expo this tea ranked in the top five and is well priced at just under $15 for 100 grams.

TeaGschewendner recommends brewing 3 grams per cup at 158 degrees for 2 minutes.
This makes the cost of each cup (with 2-3 possible infusions) approximately $.45. A great value in these times.

— To purchase TeaGschwendner China Lung Ching, 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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