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2021 Longjing - Qianlong cultivar, Imperial harvest
2021 Longjing - Qianlong cultivar, Imperial harvest

2021 Longjing - Qianlong cultivar, Imperial harvest

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The original Longjing cultivar, whose roots go back to Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911). Emperor Qianlong (1735 - 1796) was particularly fond of this tea, so as to preserve 18 plants of Longjing in his garden for his exclusive use.
This tea, made of only the delicate unripe buds and the first apical leaves - what the Chinese call yi ya yi er ye 一芽一二叶, literally one bud with one or two leaves - is a higher prized level, fit for an emperor. 

Its liquor has a delicate green shade that shines of golden hues, disclosing the most creamy and mellow taste, rare and precious. Sweet notes of pear open in the palate, accompanied by a natural hazelnut flavor and floral notes of vanilla orchid, leaving in the mouth the typical fresh and umami taste that characterizes this ancient tea.

Origin: Meijiawu, Zhejiang Province
Flush: Spring 2021
Format: 25 gr. Signature pack
Storage: avoid heat, light, and moisture

Infusion Parameters

Eastern Brewing

Quantity: 1 gr. of tea every 30 ml of water
Brewing time: Begin with a 30-second brew. Increase with each successive brew as needed. 
Water temperature: 75° C
Number of brews: 4-5

Western Brewing

Quantity: 1 gr. of tea every 100 ml of water
Brewing time: 2:30 minutes
Water temperature: 75° C

Cold Brew

Quantity: 1 gr. of tea every 100 ml of water
Brewing: put the tea leaves in room temperature water and steep for 6-7 hours. Filter the liquor and drink within 24 hours.

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The sweetest green

These precious leaves preserve all the freshness of the very first spring. The taste is smooth and delicate with a marked sweetness going along the classic hazelnut and soy beans notes of longjing. A great discovery and definitely one to look for every year. No wonder it won the heart of an emperor