The Xi Hu Long Jing Organic Green Tea allows, with its taste, to understand better the traditional place of origin of this product.
The Long Jing coming from the gardens around Xi Hu, or West Lake, were already considered prestigious teas at the beginning of Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). This product was also considered a “imperial tea”.
During the years the camelia’s plantations capable of giving high quality Long Jing spread out also out of the West Lake area but the leaves from Xi Hu remain an important masterpiece to understand this green tea.
The quality of this product comes from a combination of different factors. Around Xi Hu area, in fact, you can find some of the most important cultivar for Long Jing production, a nice weather with constant precipitations, and expert artisans who know how to correctly process the leaves.
Another quality mark of this product is the guaranteed organic origin. Thanks to this warranty it is possible to obtain in the cup an authentic taste without any possible contamination or alteration.
The Xi Hu Long Jing Organic Green Tea shows in the infuse many flavors with a vegetal character in common. In the first sips there is a fresh sensation remembering a grass covered of dew in the morning, while, after some minutes, it comes from the aftertaste a warm taste like the one of hay or some aromatic herbs.
In the end there is also a bit of the typical Long Jing toasted savory but, if you want to explore more this feature we suggest you to try the Xi Hu Pre-Qing Ming Long Jing Organic Green Tea.
Place of origin
Hangzhou – Zhejiang, China
The Xi Hu Long Jing Organic Green Tea has a processing style strictly linked to the tradition. The leaves, after a brief withering phase under the sun, are cooked in big iron wok heated at a temperature around 180°C. This practice stops the enzymatic activity in the vegetal mass and, so, it prevents the oxidation of the product.
In the end the green leaves are banded and left to rest for a while so they can fix their final shape and loose some residual humidity.
Brewing instructions for the Xi Hu Long Jing Organic Green Tea
We invite you to brew the Xi Hu Long Jing Organic Green Tea in the traditional Chinese style (Gong Fu Cha) with a Gaiwan of an approximate capacity of 100 ml. Following this brewing technique you can, with 4 grams of leaves, do multiple infusions and have the most complete tasting experience of your tea.
After a brief rinse of the leaves in water at a temperature of 80°C you can do a first infusion of 10 seconds and, after that, maintaining the same water temperature, you can continue to brew the product rising up the previous steeping time of 5 seconds (10 – 15 – 20…).
In order to have a more traditional brew in the Western style we suggest to steep 3 grams of leaves (about 2 teaspoons) for one minute and an half, using water at a temperature of 80°C in a mug with an approximate capacity of 150 ml.
For a better tasting experience, we recommend filtering the infusion as soon as the set steeping time has elapsed. The infusion times we suggest, however, can also be slightly modified to your liking to obtain a more or less intense flavour.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Green Tea benefits
Green Teas are always the most mentioned category when it comes to the health benefits of this beverage.
Instead of other teas, in fact, the tender and young leaves of this product has an higher concentration of useful and easily assimilable molecules for our body.
The most relevant benefits in Green Teas are related to antioxidants, amino acids and caffeine. The effects of these three elements could cut down the level of sugar in blood, slow the cellular aging process, and reduce the sense of fatigue through the day.
So, a daily dose of Green Tea is surely positive for our health but it’s also suggest to not exaggerate the assumption of this beverage in order to avoid te assumption of too much caffeine.