Review: Canton Tea Company Long Jing Shi Feng #43

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Thumbs up!"Drily sweet tones and a very slightly bitter or mineral aspect treble pleasantly with a brothy smooth vegetal taste that is just excellent. "
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Long Jing, also commonly called Dragonwell, is a very famous and well known Chinese green tea. Shi Feng is the mountain area that the tea was grown, and the number 43 in the titling of this tea is there to denote that this is a Long Jing slightly different from other Dragonwell's you might encounter. The #43 is, according to Canton Tea Company's website, a sought after varietal tea bush called Xi Hu. In the case of this particular tea, the leaves are the first picked of Spring, plucked from old trees, and are processed by hand in a traditional fashion that makes this tea something special to taste.

The leaves are a myriad of variously glowing jade leaves. The leaves are matte and flattened, quite lovely.

I used a straightforward preparation of this leaf using parameters provided by Canton Tea Company. I used one tablespoon of leaves in a 12 ounce infuser pot and steeped for three minutes using 160 degree water.

The infused leaves emit a tantalizing sweet spring vegetable scent. There's a lightly steamed scent of something similar to asparagus plus a somehow seafood like scent emanating that lend this tea a brothy sort of goodness. The taste is exquisite. The very pale golden green cup has a soupy thickness to it that you would not expect from the elegant pale aspect of the liquor. The tea is mild but with body and much taste, most of it tending toward creamy and mild vegetal qualities. This tea also has a bittersweet aspect to it that almost sparkles - perhaps it's more a mineral flavor than bittersweet. As the tea cools slightly, the flavor develops still further. This tea offers multifaceted flavors to enjoy; drily sweet tones and a very slightly bitter or mineral aspect treble pleasantly with a brothy smooth vegetal taste that is just excellent.

A very enjoyable tea.

— To purchase Canton Tea Company Long Jing Shi Feng #43, 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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