(15 customer reviews)

West Lake Longjing (2023 New Spring Tea – Pre Qinming)

From: $32.98

Weight: 1.7 oz

Our Longjing dry leaves are neat and regular, flat, yellowish-green, sleek, and shiny. Picked and processed before the Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day), around April 5th or 6th, and called “before-ming tea,” we provide the highest quality Longjing tea leaves.

Longjing (Dragon Well or Lung Ching) is China’s most famous green tea for its beautiful green color, elegant shape, smooth flavor, and fine aroma.

The buds point upward while brewing and release a clear, light yellow-green color. The clean, well-balanced aroma suggests freshly cut grass and toasted chestnuts. The flavor is mellow with a bittersweet savory finish.

Origin: West Lake District, Hangzhou City, China 

Brewing Tips:

  • 158°F ~ 176°F (70°C ~ 80°C) 
  • It is recommended to brew Longjing in a Gaiwan, glass, or porcelain pot


“Long” means “Dragon,” and “Jing” means “Well.”

The best Longjing tea leaves are picked and processed before the Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day), around April 5th or 6th. New shoots of one or two leaves per bud are picked by hand just as they are beginning to open, and 60,000 buds are needed to make 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of tea. 

Leaves that are picked and processed after the Qingming Festival and before Guyu (Grain Rain, usually beginning around April 20th) are known as “before-rain tea.” These leaves create the second best Longjing tea.

Picking Longjing tea involves considerable knowledge and skill. Tea picking is closely related to the seasons. Farmers in tea-growing regions often say “Three days earlier, it’s a treasure. Three days later, it’s trash.” While picking, the hands and eyes are engaged. On a sunny day, the newly picked, fresh, tender leaves must be put quickly into the basket. Seen at a distance, the quick, deft hands of the tea-pickers move like butterflies flying among the green leaves. 

West Lake lies in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful cities in China, famous since ancient times. Along with Suzhou of Jiangsu Province, it has been dubbed a “paradise under the sky” and “heaven on earth.” West Lake is Hangzhou’s most celebrated scenic spot. It is also the namesake for West Lake Longjing tea.


15 reviews for West Lake Longjing (2023 New Spring Tea – Pre Qinming)

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  1. I was gifted this product for a partnership, but such a great example of Longjing! Happiness in each cup!

  2. Really good green tea

  3. Love it!

  4. Great taste longjing. Very good.

  5. Tastes so good and smells so fresh!

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