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2022 1st Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43

2022 1st Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43

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PRE-ORDER new 2022 HARVEST

This year's fresh 2022 harvest is on the way to us from Li Xiaoping in Dragonwell and available to reserve with a pre-order.

This tea will start shipping the week of April 18th, starting with the earliest pre-orders. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once all teas in your order have arrived. 

Crafted by Mrs. Li

Mrs. Li has been picking tea since age five. One of the few growers of real Shi Feng Dragonwell, she is a respected village leader with a dream to share her craft with the world.
  • true
    80
    basil, tulsi
    true
    50
    yuzu zest
    true
    60
    peony
    true
    55
    licorice, ginger
    true
    60
    peanut brittle
    true
    ringing, juicy, mouth-watering

    Tasting Profile

    • vegetal - basil, tulsi
    • fruit - yuzu zest
    • floral - peony
    • spice - licorice, ginger
    • savory - peanut brittle
    • texture - ringing, juicy, mouth-watering
    • DATE OF PICKING3/8/2022
    • Longjing VillageZhejiang Province
    • ELEVATION300 meters
    • longjing #43Tea Varietal

    #43 Varietal Dragonwell was specifically bred and selected to bud even earlier than classic Dragonwell in Shi Feng and yields yellower plumper buds that make for gorgeous steeping in glassware. While classic Dragonwell is all about rocky mineral texture, the new #43 is a crisp, bright focused experience centered around stronger flavor and aroma and more pronounced sweetness. Mrs. Li's first picking of the year is full of all the nutrients and sugars stored by the plant all winter long and offers a more complex, sweet and subtle taste experience. It has a longer aftertaste and thicker texture than later harvests. The soil is full of quartz and white sand while the water comes from natural mountain springs, yielding a flavor that simply can’t be matched outside of Shi Feng itself.


Li Xiaoping also recommends:

  1. 2022 Shi Feng Dragonwell
    2022 Shi Feng Dragonwell

    This famous tea is grown using beyond organic green tea cultivation techniques for rich sweet flavor, incredible texture and notes of bamboo and jasmine. Situated on a perfectly-shaded mountainside, Li Xiaoping’s Dragonwell benefits from Shi Feng’s unique climate, rocky quartz soil and sweet mountain springs. Her craft captures a rare example of true Dragonwell- deep minerality, persistent sweetness and complex aromatics.

  2. 2022 Shifeng Semi-Wild High Peak Dragonwell
    2022 Shifeng Semi-Wild High Peak Dragonwell
    This limited offering from Li Xiaoping can only be picked in years where the weather is cool and temperate and the rain is very light. At the very top of the peak of Shi Feng, there is a grove of trees that have been allowed to grow undisturbed to preserve a natural habitat for birds and increase biodiversity. Among the trees, the Li family has tea plants that have not been cut back and trimmed every year like the lower slope plants. Because these semi-wild Dragonwell bushes are not tended, they require perfect weather to yield the right flavor. Li Xiaoping was able to pick these bushes again this year and offered us the majority of her tiny yield in the interest of cultural exchange and sharing a unique side of Shi Feng’s terroir not often seen. The flavor is rich, bold and complex, sharing the lingering sweetness an aromatic subtlety of early harvest Dragonwell with the big flavor of later harvests. The tea benefits from Shi Feng’s unique quartz-heavy white sand soil and mountain spring water, as well as the cool protected microclimate that the mountains form.
  3. 2022 Shi Feng Longjing #43
    2022 Shi Feng Longjing #43
    Dragonwell varietal #43 has been carefully bred and selected in the last fifty years as a new tea well suited to Shi Feng’s terroir. It buds earlier and in colder weather than classic Longjing Qunti varietal and yields yellower plumper buds that make for gorgeous steeping in glassware. While classic Dragonwell is all about rocky mineral texture, the new #43 is a crisp, bright focused experience centered around stronger flavor and aroma and more pronounced sweetness. Mrs. Li’s #43 varietal is true Shi Feng Dragonwell, growing on one of the highest slopes of the tiny microclimate that Emperor Qianlong declared as one of the best in the world for tea. The soil is full of quartz and white sand while the water comes from natural mountain springs, yielding a flavor that simply can’t be matched outside of Shi Feng itself.
  • 'Longjing #43 is way more about aroma. It is bright, tighter, and more focused. The texture is smoother on the pallet and the flavor and aroma are stronger. If you love the classic sweet Chinese green tea ideal, Longjing #43 is absolutely worth trying.'

photos courtesy of Li Xiaoping, March 2022

  • 4
    6-8
    175
    30 seconds
    15
    4
    6
    175
    8 seconds
    5
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 175° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 5 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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