Imperial Green (Pre Qing Ming Long Jing - Dragonwell)


Out of Stock £ 16.50

Rich, sweet and deep Long Jing tea which rivals the nutty, savoury to sweet  Long Jing's from Xihu at a fraction of the price. This tea has all that you would want from a proper Long Jing - pan-fried for a nutty and deep aroma shifting to a glorious sugared and zingy finish.

Our Long Jing (Dragonwell Green) is made from a delicious small-leaf variety (Xiao Ye Fuding) plucked in March from 40-year-old bushes in the Xinchang area of Zhejiang.

This is China's most famous Green tea. While trends are moving towards 'fresher' tasting Long Jing, the teaheads out there know that the trademark 'roasted bean' flavour is a necessary component of any quality Long Jing. This Long Jing is made from the Xiao Ye Fuding cultivar which sits at this lovely balance point between the bright and uplifting aromatics of fresher Greens with that deep roasted bean flavour of the traditional Qun Ti Zhong Long Jing. The sweetness in the finish is something special!

Authentic Long Jing tea (otherwise known as Dragonwell) must be grown in Zhejiang province. If it is grown anywhere else then it is considered a fake (much like champagne). Every year we taste many samples of Long Jing to find our batch for the year. For the past couple of years, we have selected a tea from outside the West Lake area because we feel that it has a much higher quality compared with the West Lake tea.

Qing Ming is a traditional day for paying respects to ancestors and clearing their graves. It is a public holiday in China (and Taiwan) and falls on the first day of the fifth solar term which equates to fifteen days after the Spring Equinox which is usually the first week of April. Any tea picked before this date is very early Spring picked and is called Pre Qing Ming.

This is a Pre Qing Ming tea picked in March giving a lightness and delicacy combined with a powerful fragrance and taste. Any Pre Qing Ming tea from Xi Hu (West Lake) is exorbitantly expensive and whilst it is often excellent tea, we felt that this field won out in terms of flavour and we are not paying the extra price tag for the name of Xi Hu.

Please note that you may find white-yellow fur on the tea and little balls of fur in the tea. This is NOT mold but is tea fur showing that the tea is a very early spring tea - it demonstrates the quality of this Long Jing.


To brew Western style, infuse about 2g (heaped teaspoon) of leaf per 300ml of 80c water for about 2 minutes. You can reinfuse up to 3 times by adding 60 seconds for every subsequent infusion.

To brew Gong fu style, infuse about 5g of leaf per 150ml of 80c water for about 5 seconds. You can reinfuse up to 5 times by adding about 5 seconds for every subsequent infusion.

For more details on correct brewing check the Tea Brewing Chart


Here are just a few known health benefits associated with drinking green tea: Boosts your immune system - Lowers blood sugar levels - Helps prevent cavities and tooth decay - Slows the aging process - Helps reduce the risk of cancer - Lowers Cholesterol - Aids in weight loss by burning calories - Reduces high blood pressure - Helps prevent arthritis - Reduces the risk of heart disease - Reduces the risk of stroke - Lowers the risk of blood clot.


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