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2024 1st Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43

2024 1st Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43

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The earliest green tea of the year!
This delicate, aromatic, subtle textural harvest is made entirely of tiny plump buds that show off the rocky terroir of Shi Feng. Notes of eucalyptus, yuzu, honey, sweet spice, and a tingling aftertaste.
This delicate, aromatic, subtle textural harvest is made entirely of tiny plump buds that show off the rocky terroir of Shi Feng. Arriving now + shipping ASAP!
arriving now! ♦ Shi Feng, Dragonwell
Ming Qian 2024 ♦ Shi Feng, Dragonwell
The earliest green tea of the year!
This delicate, aromatic, subtle textural harvest is made entirely of tiny plump buds that show off the rocky terroir of Shi Feng. Notes of eucalyptus, yuzu, honey, sweet spice, and a tingling aftertaste.
This delicate, aromatic, subtle textural harvest is made entirely of tiny plump buds that show off the rocky terroir of Shi Feng. Arriving now + shipping ASAP!
arriving now! ♦ Shi Feng, Dragonwell
Ming Qian 2024 ♦ Shi Feng, Dragonwell
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Crafted by Mrs. Li

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning, respected community leader growing true Dragonwell in the tiny coveted Shi Feng (Lion’s Peak) micro-region with over fifty years experience.
 
Her tea is fed by volcanic mountain springs, shaded by bamboo and evergreens, and grown using organic techniques, hand-picked and hand finished on a wok.
 
    • DATE OF PICKINGMarch 2024
    • 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.

  • true
    60
    rose, honey
    true
    70
    yuzu, wild blackberry
    true
    60
    almond cookie
    true
    50
    galangal
    true
    70
    eucalyptus
    true
    juicy, tingling, mineral

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - rose, honey
    • fruit - yuzu, wild blackberry
    • savory - almond cookie
    • spice - galangal
    • vegetal - eucalyptus
    • texture - juicy, tingling, mineral

Li Xiaoping also recommends:

  • '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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