Shī Fēng Lóng Jǐng Lǜ Chá, 狮峰龙井绿茶, Lion Peak Dragon Well Green Tea
C. sinensis var. #43; Hangzhou Shifeng Tea Co., Shifeng Mountain, Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, 200-300 meters; Spring, 2019, 1 leaf & 1 bud, green tea process. #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá, #Tea, #茶, #Chá.
The dry leaves are pale green with a yellow cast, flat and brittle, with a sweet, malty, candy/caramel scent, kinda like boiled lollies. The wet leaves are mottled yellow to green colour with spongy bounce, and smell of canned green peas, cooked cooked green vegetables.
3g of dry leaf was infused in 150ml of water for 10-15sec@85deg. C., the brewed tea liquor was pale yellow with almost no noticeable aroma. In the mouth it is thin, creamy, buttery, and tastes slightly herbal/grassy, nutty, has a soft peppery or mint-like bite in the finish, and a gently sweet, lingering aftertaste, with late hints of liquorice.
Lion Peak (Shifeng) mountain is located near West Lake, in Hangzhou. The best tea bushes apparently grow in white sandy soil. Longing is widely considered to be one of the best teas in China. This tea from Lion’s is pleasant and engaging.