Tea plantation on a hill near Dragon Well (Longjing)

We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes the last two in the series of Chinese green teas: “Green Tea: Dragon Well (Longjing or Lung Ching)” and “Green Tea: Biluochun”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read them as a sequence, or you can choose which you want to peruse below. Enjoy!

Green Tea: Dragon Well (Longjing or Lung Ching)

Leaving the ridiculous (see last week’s post on mee cha and zhucha) for the sublime, we soar to the pinnacle of quality with the name Dragon Well, best known of all China’s green teas…(Read more)

Green Tea: Biluochun

This is the name Qing Emperor K’ang-hsi gave this tea, possibly on the same tour when he visited the Longjing gardens no great distance from the home of Biluochun, which is in Jiangsu Province just inland from Shanghai, where it grows on Dongding Mountain overlooking Lake Taihu. The name is usually translated “green snail (or conch shell) spring,”…(Read more)

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