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2016 "Dragonwell"

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Dragon Well, or Longjing, is perhaps the most famous green tea on the planet.  It has more than 1000 years of history and was declared a official Tribute Tea by emperors Qianlong and Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty.  It was honored in Lu Yu's famous book, The Classic of Tea (茶经), in the Tang Dynasty.  As the "national drink" of China, Dragon Well has been served proudly to emperors, kings, queens, and heads of state - including Queen Elizabeth II.

Our Dragonwell is sourced directly from the nationally protected region for top-grade, authentic Longjing - called Weng Jia Shan (翁家山).  The name of this famouse village refers to the Weng families that harvest and handcraft these coveted leaves.

This year's harvest maintains the bold, roasted, vegetal aroma that makes this green leaf so popular.  Its taste is sweet and fresh, with soft, delicate, floral notes - finished with hints of roasted chestnut and sugar snap peas.

Notes:           roasted chestnut, snap peas, hazelnut

Infusion:      180ºF / 82ºC for 30 seconds

Origin:          Weng Family Mountain, West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

Names:         Lung Ching, Xihu Longjing, Shi Feng, Weng Jia Shan




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Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!

 

Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound

Servings

8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers