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Master Luo’s West Lake Long Jing – Old Tree 5/4/2019


A Long Jing (Dragonwell) green tea grown, hand-picked and handmade in Meijiawu, one of the famous areas within the tiny 1km by 5km 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 generally less aromatic 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 both we and Master Luo prefer.

Unlike last year when unusual weather led to some of the 2018 tea feeling a little thinner in texture than normal, this year we have no reservations. However increasing wholesale prices for Xihu Old Tree Long Jing in China (£1000 per jin – 500g – for early old tree teas) has meant that we have had to increase our prices for the 2019 crop.

This tea was fired on April 5th, the day of Qingming festival, from tea from Master Luo’s old tree tea bushes. This tea has many similarities with the 31/3 tea, with slightly more bite on the finish and nuttiness from the firing. There is an interesting herbal quality to the tea, with notes of tarragon, verbena and chestnut, and a lovely concentrated sweetness that lasts well after the tea has been drunk. An excellent example of China’s greatest green tea by one of the country’s most famous tea makers.

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. Harvested and fired April 5th 2019

90°C, 3-4g per 150ml. 4 infusions.

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