LongJing Green Tea 2013

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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From Wan Ling Tea House

LongJing Green Tea is one of the world’s best known teas. Originating from the Eastern Province of ZheJiang, LongJing has a distinct flattened leaf, sweet aroma and smooth taste.

Wan Ling Tea House has selected this tea to balance quality and taste with price.

We hope you enjoy this scrumptious spring green tea in your cup.

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1379 tasting notes

Gongfu Teapot – 8oz
Leaf -7g
Water Temp – 80ºC
Steeps – 1m,2m,3m

Raw leaves are long, thin and crisp with a sweet, grassy and perfumed scent.

Steep 1 – 1m
Light, sweet, floral, grassy, dry
Delicate and refreshing, sweeter than expected and also left a fresh but dry hay after taste.

Steep 2 – 2m
As the strength has increased the sweetness has decreased though is still present. A touch astringent. It’s much more floral and mineral now but still with minimal dryness. Also picking up fresh spinach.

Steep 3 -3m
Buttery and mild once again but keeping it’s floral sweetness and touch of a dry, perfumed after taste. Very fresh and mellow.

I enjoyed this Long Jing more than I thought I would. While I love green tea Long Jing is usually too dry and perfumed for my taste and has suffered a bed reputation with me for a while. I don’t know if it’s purely down to quality but simply some Long Jing I like and others I hate. This one I like.

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Nice green tea with slight hints of wood .

Flavors: Wet Wood

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A sample I removed from the travelling european teabox organized by Kitty (thanks!), and one which waited till I was in the right mood. For some reason, this type of tea is so spring like, so pure and grassy and green, and the calendar says March. Let´s pretend it is Spring!

I liked this very much, though not sure how much how can say about it other than ah, dragonwell, a nice smooth one. Floral, and greeny and all so soft somehow. I think I screwed up the steeps (but in a good way), maybe let the first and second steeps be too long, those were heavenly, the third steep was one too many though!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

I added this one to the list. =)


Thanks! I got a couple teas to go still, will maybe post on the thread with the links when I have them.


I doubt I’ll miss them seeing how I excited I always get when there’s a new review from you.

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303 tasting notes

One of my tea goals for 2014, in addition to Not Buying Any Teas in January (check) and Trying All The Peach Teas (working on it) is to try more unflavoured greens. This tea fits the bill.

My aggressive lack of knowledge about various tea regions and leaf types really puts a hamper on things, though – it’s very hard to discuss something completely out of context. I feel like I’m a kid at one of those Kid’s Day at the Art Museum type events – you know, a four-year-old pointing at a Mirò, howling, ‘Nana spilled lemonade on the wall!!!’

Cute? Yes. Helpful? No.

With this tea, for example, there is a dominant scent and flavour I can’t quite place – it’s not like something I’ve had before, but it’s sweet, and light, and subtly perfumed. It seems too easy to always retreat to ‘grassy’, or, ‘vegetal’, or ‘buttery’, or ‘hay-like’, because most unflavoured greens (and oolongs) have those characteristics to varying degrees.

I don’t quite know what to do about it – is this a typical LongJing? How do I know unless I drink more LongJings? Where do I find a LongJing to compare it to around midnight on a Sunday in Rome? (It’s probably best not to ask, there’s no telling what goes on in the park where I live after dark.)

It’s a little frustrating. I know I enjoyed the f*ck out of this cup and that it made me happy and smiley and that I really want to drink more unflavoured green teas.

That’ll just have to do for now.

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I think you did an excellent job reviewing this tea. You have:sweet, light, perfumed. You have told us it is a green tea. That is all I need. And long jing = dragon well (don’t know if that helps at all).


Thank you, I really appreciate that.

And yes, the dragon well thing helps. I know I can and should (and I will) do more research on this as I go along – it’s just, research is what I do, all day, every day, and so far my tea hobby has been so completely removed from that.

Like, I know what a peach tastes like! And I have all these deeply personal recollections that go with a tea! And then I just write that down! So relaxing.


Your tasting notes are always awesome. Period. You describe things so perfectly. I only know one other writer like you.

Terri HarpLady

I think with tea reviews, at least here on steepster, we all enjoy hearing about one another lives, opinion, emotions, etc, as it pertains to this cup of tea, LOL. So well done! :D

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