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2022 Shi Feng Dragonwell Black Tea

2022 Shi Feng Dragonwell Black Tea

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Dragonwell Village’s
first black tea
Li Xiaoping set aside a portion of her precious in-demand Dragonwell to make this special black tea- fully oxidized in the sun, and hand curled in a wok. Notes of chocolate, barley, cinnamon, vanilla and fig with crisp Dragonwell texture
March 22nd 2022 ♦ Shi Feng, Dragonwell
Dragonwell Village’s
first black tea
Li Xiaoping set aside a portion of her precious in-demand Dragonwell to make this special black tea- fully oxidized in the sun, and hand curled in a wok. Notes of chocolate, barley, cinnamon, vanilla and fig with crisp Dragonwell texture
March 22nd 2022 ♦ Shi Feng, Dragonwell
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PRE-ORDER new 2022 HARVEST

This year's fresh 2022 harvest is arriving now from Li Xiaoping in Dragonwell and available to reserve with a pre-order.

This tea will ship the week of April 25th. Orders containing this pre-order tea will be shipping right away now that all 2022 Dragonwell teas have arrived.

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 PICKING03/22/22
    • Longjing VillageZhejiang Province
    • ELEVATION300 meters
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    The new 2022 spring harvest is now in stock!

    For the fifth year in a row, Li Xiaoping is sharing her new Dragonwell Black Tea! She uses the same delicate early buds as her famous green tea, hand-picked from the slopes of Shi Feng, raised on sweet mountain spring water and covered in high elevation mist to protect against sunlight. After light twisting and rolling, this sweet, rich and distinctly mineral-laden tea is then set out in bamboo baskets and loosely covered for ten to fifteen hours and allowed to oxidize in the afternoon heat. This oxidation process brings out savory malty flavors in Li Xiaoping’s Dragonwell that show the unique texture of the region in a completely different light.

  • true
    95
    barley, molasses, chocolate
    true
    70
    cinnamon
    true
    40
    vanilla, honey
    true
    50
    roasted fig
    true
    crisp, sweet

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - barley, molasses, chocolate
    • spice - cinnamon
    • floral - vanilla, honey
    • fruit - roasted fig
    • texture - crisp, sweet


Li Xiaoping also recommends:

  1. 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.
  2. 2022 1st Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43
    2022 1st Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43

    #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.

  3. 2022 1st Picking Shi Feng Dragonwell
    2022 1st Picking Shi Feng Dragonwell

    This early spring tea is all about a fine and subtle sweetness, and a long, drawn out aftertaste and crisp texture. Cool spring weather produces a small harvest of truly sweet tea. This is Mrs. Li’s first picking of the season, carefully hand-finished by her husband, Shui Huamin. Her true original cultivar Dragonwell (Longjing Qunti) grows on the mountain slopes of Shi Feng and draws in sweet mountain spring water.

  • 'If you go back far enough, Dragonwell and Laoshan tea come from the same ancestors, and are still considered the same cultivar. If the He Family can use Longjing Qunti to make black tea, then why not Li Xiaoping?'

  • 4
    6-8
    200
    30 seconds
    15
    4
    6
    200
    8 seconds
    5
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 200° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 200° 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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