Green tea from the Chinese village of Dragon Well (Lung Ching in local parlance).
Dragon Well tea has a distinguished shape. Its leaves are broad and flat, a result of laborious drying. There is something to show for this hard work: Dragon Well tea is refreshingly smooth, sweet and delicate, among the very best of Chinese greens. Our 'Dragon Well' is a First Grade version of this truly sublime tea.
Dragon Well name derives from a local spring that legend has it is the lair of a dragon. Also known as Lung Ching, it is the best known of China's green teas, justifiably so. It had been presented as tribute to many generations of Chinese emperors, and was the tea served to Richard Nixon in his memorable encounter with Mao Tse-tung. In local parlance, it is praised for its "four uniques": jade color, vegetative aroma, mellow chestnut flavor and singular shape.