Lung Ching (龍井茶) tea is also known as Longjing tea or as literally translated & better known - Dragon Well tea. It was The Tea of the Emperors. It is a pan-roasted green tea that comes from the are of the village of Longjing, near Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, China. "It is produced mostly by hand and renowned for its high quality,..." (1*)
The tea is very expensive & it comes in six different quality grades with Superior as the most expensive & then grades 1 to 5. Just the Grade 1 costs about 600 €/kg.
The characteristic of this tea is the flat leaf shape, as well as very pronounced chestnut flavor.
Lung Ching has a great legend. We'll quote the Wikipedia on this:
" Longjing tea was granted the status of Gong Cha, or imperial tea, in the Qing dynasty by the Kangxi Emperor. According to the legend, The Kangxi Emperor's grandson, the Qianlong Emperor, visited West Lake during one of his famous holidays. He went to the Hu Gong Temple under the Lion Peak Mountain (Shi Feng Shan) and was presented with a cup of Longjing tea. In front of the Hu Gong Temple were 18 tea bushes. The Qianlong Emperor was so impressed by the Longjing tea produced here that he conferred these 18 tea bushes special imperial status. The trees are still living and the tea they produce is auctioned annually for higher price per gram than gold. There is another legend connecting the Qianlong Emperor to Longjing tea. It is said that while visiting the temple he was watching the ladies picking the tea. He was so enamored with their movements that he decided to try it himself. While picking tea he received a message that his mother, Empress Dowager Chongqing, was ill and wished his immediate return to Beijing. He shoved the leaves he had picked into his sleeve and immediately left for Beijing. Upon his return he immediately went to visit his mother. She noticed the smell of the leaves coming from his sleeves and he immediately had it brewed for her....Longjing, which literally translates as "dragon well," is said to have named after a well that contains relatively dense water, and after rain the lighter rainwater floating on its surface sometimes exhibits a sinuous and twisting boundary with the well water, which is supposed to resemble the movement of a Chinese dragon." (2*)
Our Lung Ching does not come from that area.
With those high prices, we would not be able to produce & sell Kombucha.
The tea we use is processed using Longjing tea techniques. It tastes wonderful & it has very nice & pronounced floral notes with a bit of chestnut flavor, but obviously does not come even close to the original. Still, it is of higher quality than a lot of other green teas. And as this Kombucha is made strictly with this one, single green tea, it is worth mentioning that green tea has many health benefits. Here are just some of them (3*):
We've been making Lung Ching Kombucha for quite some time. Actually it was our first premium single tea Kombucha & we have had some bottles that we aged for one year & that Kombucha was quite outstanding. Here's a pic from April last year:
And a one that is more recent:
Ingredients: Filtered & Revitalized Water, Live Kombucha Cultures, BIO Unrefined Brown Sugar & Lung Ching Tea
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