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Fuding Xue Long (Snow Dragon), 2017

$23.00

Fuding Xue Long (Snow Dragon), 2017

  • 漢字 福鼎雪龍

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft pan roasted

    flavor notes toasted, crisp

    漢字 福鼎雪龍

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft pan roasted

    flavor notes toasted, crisp

    Xue Long is a white tea cultivar that is crafted in the manner of a green tea. Hand gathered in March from Fuding County, northern Fujian Province, the tea consists entirely of leaf buds from the Da Bai cultivar - a variety from which traditional Silver Needle white tea is crafted. But unlike white tea, which undergoes gradual enzymatic oxidation, Xue Long is pan-roasted by hand to prevent any enzymatic oxidation from occurring.

    The name of the tea pays homage to its dual heritage. "Xue" means snow, and refers to the downy white coating that is emblematic of young Da Bai leaf buds. The tea's crisp sweetness, sans any hint of astringency or bitterness, comes from this provincial heritage.

    "Long" means dragon, and refers to the method of pan roasting typically used in Zhejiang Province to craft Dragonwell green teas. The hour long folding and pressing of the Xue Long leaf buds against a hot pan imparts a toastiness to the tea that is reminiscent of warm popcorn and toasted sweet rice.

  • Brewing Guide

    Fuding Xue Long is one of the easiest teas to brew. We recommend following white, instead of a green tea brewing guidelines: higher temperatures and a slightly longer steep time. The first time we tasted this tea was in a tea bowl, so we've always been somewhat partial to using one to enjoy this tea.

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