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2023 Shi Feng Longjing #43

2023 Shi Feng Longjing #43

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Tender and Aromatic,
New Cultivar Dragonwell
Li Xiaoping planted #43 varietal on her rocky mountain plot to show off its bright, crisp profile, brought to life by her family’s craft. Notes of sweet corn, prickly pear, lemongrass, tulsi.
March 2023 ♦ Shi Feng, Dragonwell
Tender and Aromatic,
New Cultivar Dragonwell
Li Xiaoping planted #43 varietal on her rocky mountain plot to show off its bright, crisp profile, brought to life by her family’s craft. Notes of sweet corn, prickly pear, lemongrass, tulsi.
March 2023 ♦ 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 2023
    • Longjing VillageZhejiang Province
    • ELEVATION300 meters
    • longjing #43Tea Varietal

    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.


  • true
    65
    galangal
    true
    70
    steamed bun, sweet corn
    true
    75
    prickly pear
    true
    60
    honeysuckle, lemongrass
    true
    45
    tulsi
    true
    lingering, aromatic

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - galangal
    • savory - steamed bun, sweet corn
    • fruit - prickly pear
    • floral - honeysuckle, lemongrass
    • vegetal - tulsi
    • texture - lingering, aromatic

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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