A limited amount of Dragonwell is harvested each year before the Qingming Festival (around April 5th)—among the earliest tea harvests of the year in China. A manifestation of the varietal Long Jing 43, this harvest happened in Hangzhou—they don't come much more classic than this. Fruit and floral notes, with pleasant, plush tannin. Teas harvested this early rarely contain full photonutrient and chlorophyll development—resulting in a smaller leaf size and yellow appearance. Don't be fooled—from the strenuous plucking process to pan firing by hand—this is a telos of the style.
Region: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Variety: Long Jing 43
Elevation: 750 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: March 26, 2018
Producer: Mr. Wong
8g tea | 340ml water | 190F | 1m 15s