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Master Luo’s West Lake Long Jing – Meijiawu Old Tree (Pre-Guyu 2018)


A Long Jing (Dragonwell) green tea grown, hand-picked and handmade in Meijiawu, the primary village in one of the four main zones within the tiny Xi Hu (West Lake) area famous for Long Jing production. This tea has been grown and hand-fired by Master Luo, three time winner of the Long Jing Firing King title.

This tea has been made with the traditional Jiu Keng Group cultivars that have been in decline since the emergence of the earlier-budding No.43 cultivar. Although less fruity and sweet than teas made with No. 43, the slower growth and longer roots of the traditional cultivar allow a deeper taste and thicker texture that make it the favourite of both us and Master Luo.

We are lucky to have tried Long Jing teas from a couple of Xihu area makers this year. Despite lovely teas from other makers, we still feel Master Luo's tea have the edge. However, we agree with Master Luo's assessment that because of the unusual weather this year all the teas are a little thinner than in some previous years.

This tea was fired between Qingming (April 5th) and the start of Guyu (April 20th), and picked from 150-200 year old tea trees. The tea is less sweet than the pre-Qingming teas but still light and fresh, and thicker in body and mouthfeel. The taste from the firing is slightly more prominent but still balanced and not overly-nutty tasting. This is an excellent example of China’s greatest green tea by the country’s most famous young Tea Master.

Master Luo Meijiawu Village, Hangzhou, China

5 acres

Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Da Zhong Pin (Jiu Keng Group) cultivar, 150-200 year old trees. Pan-fired (~40 min). Harvested and fired April 2018.

85-90°C, 3-4g per 150ml. 4 infusions.

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