Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tribute Xi Hu Long Jing ("Dragon Well")

Tribute (or Gong in Chinese) is one of the four major Xi Hu Long Jing production companies.

Xi Hu Long Jing has more than a thousand years of recorded history and was mentioned in the first ever tea book The Classic of Tea (Cha Ching) by Lu Yu during the Tang Dynasty. The name Long Jing means "Dragon Well".

Xi Hu ("West Lake") is now a protected area. Only the leaves picked within the designated 168 sq km of Xi Hu area can be considered as Xi Hu Long Jing.

Harvest Period: Spring 2009. I bought 50 grams of A-grade for USD 16,50. This is not the best quality. AAA Grade and Jing Pin Grade are even more expensive.

Brewing guide
Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water. Use about 2 grams of tea leaves (1-2 teaspoons) for every 150ml of water. Steep tea leaves in hot water at 70°c to 80°c for 1 minute for the first and second brewing. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.

A Grade Infusion:

AAA Grade Infusion:

Jing Pin Grade Infusion:
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