Review: JING Pre-Rain Organic Dragon Well Supreme

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Thumbs up!" I can't say the sensation was like chestnuts, but it was definitely pleasant with its hint of almonds."
Geoff’s Teaview: 8.6/10
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jingpreraindragonwellJING Tea touts this as being their finest, rarest, and highest grade Longjing (or Dragon Well) offering to date. The picking season began in mid-April of this year - first flush-ish - and right before the Qing Ming Festival; a 2,500-year-old tradition commemorated around the Spring Equinox. The leaves are picked by hand, then sent off and fired by hand. JING also makes mention that the one who does the firing is the best, his technique leading to a particularly chestnutty brew.

I can see why. The aroma of the dry leaves alone was a far cry different than other Longjings, resembling Christmas chocolates; nutty, sweet, and lightly minty. The leaves themselves were also surprisingly symmetrical in their cut; long, flat and reed-like. Their color was also a faded green, as opposed to the usual bold, forest green of others of its kind.

Recommended brewing called for "2 tsp to 1 tbs per cup; water temperature 75C: infuse three-four mins". I observed exactly that but at a three-minute steep. Greens had the best sweet flavor at the lighter end of the temp spectrum. Especially Dragon Well, in my opinion.

The three-minute steep led to an extremely pale green brew more in line with a white tea. From the back of my mind, I wondered if I should've gone the full four minutes. The mouthpiece aroma contradicted this thought process by presenting a rather spinached scent. The taste, however, superseded that, presenting a butter-sweet cup with light leafy notes. I can't say the sensation was like chestnuts, but it was definitely pleasant with its hint of almonds. Very good as far as Longjings go. Not quite the cream of the top leaf crop, but definitely on the guest list.

— To purchase JING Pre-Rain Organic Dragon Well Supreme, 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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