Dragon Well tea – the tea of emperors
Today, I am going to tell you about Long Jing. It is a very famous tea in and outside China. The beautiful name of “Long Jing”, which can be translated as “Dragon Well”, has been considered poetically and even mystically. According to some reports, this tea was famous already about 1200 years ago. Lu Yu, who was respected as the Sage of Tea and was the author of “The Classic of Tea”, wrote about Long Jing as well.
According to the legends, during the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Qianlong (乾隆) tried Long Jing tea when he visited the Hu Gong Temple under the Lion Peak Mountain (Shi Feng Shan).
Since the first cup of tea served, he was very impressed with its beautiful appearance, elegant fragrance and mellow taste. The monk who served the tea, brought him to the tea garden, where 18 tea bushes were planted. Being enamored with the work of women picking the tea, Emperor even decided to try it by himself.
When the Emperor was enjoying gathering the tea leaves, urgent news came saying that his mother, the Empress Dowager fell sick and asked for his immediate return to the palace. When the Emperor came to see his sick Queen Mother, the aroma of tea leaves, which he kept in his pocket, attracted her attention. At once, he served the tea to her, and the Queen Mother fell in love with its amazing taste and flavor. After drinking tea for a few days, the Queen Mother was cured. The Emperor was so grateful to the tea that he granted the 18 tea trees under the Lion Peak Mountain the name of the Imperial Tea Tree. Since then, Dragon Well tea became a tribute tea to Chinese emperors.
The trees that saved the life of the Queen Mother are considered to be yet growing, and the tea they produce is sold on auctions every year for more money per gram than gold. Original Dragon Well tea grows in Zhejiang province in the West Lake (Xi Hu) area in Hangzhou. The tea is famous worldwide for its “four wonders” – emerald green color, aromatic flavor, sweet taste and beautiful appearance. Delicately sweet, deep, smooth, orchid like taste and aroma, with a refreshing meadow-like fragrance, Dragon Well tea can be very expensive, and sometimes tea lovers pay even more than £1000 per 500 gr.
Since I only started writing the story, I already wanted to drink this amazing tea. Because when I drink Dragon Well tea, it takes me to the times of the Emperor Qianlong, where I can enjoy the tea together with him, under the Lion Peak Mountain…
So, I am going to drink my Dragon Well tea now, and see you soon :)
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