Review: Dao Tea Early Spring Long Jing

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Thumbs up!"Everything about it says quality and luxury."
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daotealongjingThis early spring artisan tea is brought to us by Dao Tea, one of the few Canadian-based companies I can get really excited about. The other Dao teas I have tried, and there have been several because I am really excited for such a classy company coming from Canada, have all been really amazing. The leaves scream classic Dragonwell in both scent and appearance, bright and sweet with a broad, flat leaf.

I'm not in the mood today for a persnickety tea, so thankfully Dao suggests you can steep this in my favourite lazy way: Three grams of leaf in a glass, cover it with 175 degree water, stare at the leaves as they gracefully float and fall, drink whenever it's cool enough enough without bothering to strain out the leaves. It's my favourite way to enjoy a really high quality green or white tea when I'm not excited about putting in the effort.

The pale liquor has a sweet, subtly vegetal aroma. It is an extremely smooth and calming tea. The flavour is very subtle and delicate, but not so much so that I have to strain to pick out the flavour. It has the classic Long Jing taste and has just the right balance of the vegetal quality so I could see it pleasing both those who enjoy an artichoke flavour and those that avoid it in their greens.

Weng Shangyi, the master who hand-fried this tea, is truly an artist. Everything about it says quality and luxury. Unfortunately I just raged a little at my broken, sticky tea drawer and broke the glass jar this tea's in. I'm still going to finish the sample (it's really very tasty), but future cups may have a bit sharper of a flavour.

— To purchase Dao Tea Early Spring Long Jing, 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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5 Responses to “Review: Dao Tea Early Spring Long Jing”

  1. David Says:

    I’m a bit confused. Is this a 2009 Pre Rain Long Jing or a 2010? Your review does not mention the year. I see a previous review from January so I am assuming this is 2009.
    I know it takes a while to get these reviews up but when a special seasonal tea is a year old and now there is a new batch arriving it makes things very confusing. Also Pre Rain Long Jing is VERY expensive — yet you do no mention price at all. I find the Dao site a bit lacking — you have to figure out the price of something when you put it in your shopping cart…and from viewing the site today this tea is not available.

  2. Katie Says:

    It is the 2009 tea, so it is probably no longer available. It is entirely my fault that this took so long to get posted. I should have clarified.

    I have linked to the Dao website that provides more information, but if you click on the “buy dao tea” link to the left, it brings you to their purchasing site where you can see the cost of all their teas.

    I don’t always mention price if a tea is expensive, and I mention it far less than I used to. Also, expense from a Canadian company matters less to me than anywhere else. Shipping is cheaper, I don’t have to pay customs or to convert my funds, and I’m feeding money back into my own country’s economy.

  3. David Says:

    I forget that things are generally more expensive up there.
    Some places have VAT and yes shipping is more when it comes from the US so that is not as much of a concern. I was just curious as to the price as it is usually a costlier tea — not that this particular one was more expensive or not.

  4. Katie Says:

    Let’s see… My notes say it was about $12CAD/ounce. So not a particularly amazing price, but I’d expect a Canadian company to charge a bit more, and for an artisan tea, it isn’t too shabby.

    A valid question though – thanks, David!

  5. David Says:

    actually that is an awesome price…very reasonable for pre-rain.

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