To acquire really fine Long-jing in rapidly changing China, we had to search away from tourists infested localities, and yet still faithful to the origin of Hangzhou. In Wu’s farm where the underground water is crisp and the air sweet, our Long-jing master realizes the environment is more important than the convenience; there would be no quality without the traditional respect for Nature. Tea Hong’s Long-jing Spring Equinox might well be used by nobles and mandarins in their tea competition when Emperor Qianlong was still young and flamboyant, and crazy about the tea.
Warm, buttery aroma on an undertone of lightly toasted fresh cereal and peas, accented with sea salt and light woody spice. Distinct, but pleasantly gentle floral aroma of blooming orchard with an undertone of caramel. Lively body with a good weight and silky to velvety tactility, dependent on your water quality and infusion strength. Malty savoriness in very good length with light bites of salt, chocolate and cinnamon, changing to sweet and refreshing.
Since 2015, we have raised the quality standard of this variety so as to satisfy a growing demand from discerning patrons.
The characteristic bite of this selection is part of the traditional quality of genuine Hangzhou Longjing. It is what some connoisseurs are after. We employ an indigenous traditional cultivar for the production in order for this result. There are selections that are much softer but also from the Hangzhou region. They use cultivars developed only a couple of decades ago, such as Longjing 43. If you prefer this softer taste, please try our Longjing First Flush or Longjing Pure.
To experience its full tantalizing taste profile, steep the leaves in a well pre-heated high density Yixing pot between 160 ~200 ml at 75~80°C at 3 g of leaves to 200 ml of water for 5 minutes. Increase to 2g to 100ml ratio when you prefer a stronger taste.
The best way to actualize the taste profile of this tea is with the use of water from a good but low mineral mountain spring. If a fine yixing pot is unavailable, a well formed porcelain gaiwan or even the taster mug gives satifying results.
This tea can also be infused very lightly too, like most other people do, at 0.5g ~ 1g to each 100ml water for 30 seconds or unspecified time. This gives a pleasant result but the best of this tea will be hidden.
A very special tea bush — Camellia sinensis cultivar Shidaye — makes this unique looking tea. Each and every tediously selected pluck is carefully flattened between meshes during the slow baking process, giving the appearance of feathers in the cap, literally. We select only the best of these top grades for the fresh, cooling and cleansing sensations that makes enjoying this tea also true to the meaning of the expression.
Slowly cured in the grand tradition in the origin of white teas, Fuding, Tea Hong’s White Peony Classic Floral maintains the original character of floral aroma with a sweet, refreshing taste. White Peony Classic Floral is a first flush from a high altitude garden of pure Fuding Daibai cultivar, ensuring the best possible health potency of white tea.
Finer winter Phoenix oolongs have always been sought after for their unforgettable natural bouquet fragrances. To us, an aroma of a premium tea has to be complete with a winning taste profile. It has taken us over a decade to fine tune the mastery of the processing of the choicest harvest to attain a result we can be proud of. Presenting Tea Hong’s very own Snow Orchid, the roundest, smoothest, and by far the most seductively fragrant oolong ever known. It is our luscious indulgence secretly from Nature.
Cutting away from the main trail towards the more visited Zhongxin Yin and Lizai Ping, hidden away behind a spur, there is the quieter Wudong village Danhu. Shaded on the north of the dark rock mountain, it is cool here even at 4 pm on a summer day. The tea forests here are mostly made up of bushes 2 to 3 meters tall. Occasional 3 to 5 meter ones, each occupying a circular clearing around them, grow gloriously with their wide-spread crowns. Tiny patches of vegetables grown here and there under tea trees. The few families here have been tea farmers since their grandfathers remembered. As to when the old bush for our Song Cultivar have been here, no one can really tell.