Review: American Tea Room Organic Long Jing

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Thumbs up!"The flavor is at first sweet and woody, with the nutty complexity coming out in the finish. The texture was very smooth and mouth filling and the mouth fragrance was surprisingly aromatic."
Lynn’s Teaview: 9/10
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Long Jing, as other reviewers have noted, also known as Dragon Well, was one of the famous tribute teas of ancient China, reserved for emperors. Long Jing is made of a leaf and bud set that is pan fired over charcoal, resulting in flattened, sword-shaped shiny green leaves with a yellowish cast, or in the twisted “bird beak” style.

American Tea Room’s organic offering is grown in the Tieh Mu Mountains in Zhejiang Province, and admirably fits the flat-leaf description above. Dry, they have a delicious sweet, nutty, almost chocolaty aroma. I infused a generous teaspoon of dry leaf in 8 oz of 180F water for three minutes. This produced a pale yellow liquor with an even sweeter, nuttier fragrance that was very pleasant. The flavor reminded me of roasted chestnuts, almonds, and wood, with a little green tea vegetal undertone. The flavor is at first sweet and woody, with the nutty complexity coming out in the finish. The texture was very smooth and mouth filling and the mouth fragrance was surprisingly aromatic. This is a very satisfying Long Jing.

Another pleasant way to brew this tea, found on Youtube.com, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl_r3ZGxmfY) is the “tall glass method.” You place a generous tablespoon of dry tea in a warmed tall glass and fill it about a third of the way with the hot water, then swirl them together by slowly rotating the tilted glass on the palm of your hand to wet the leaves, then fill the glass with hot water. The leaves hang in a thick mat at first, then slowly begin to fall to the bottom like autumn leaves on a gentle breeze. You drink the infusion without straining it. I really like this method. It’s quite meditative.

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