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Ming Qian Dragonwell, Shifeng 2017

$37.00

Ming Qian Dragonwell, Shifeng 2017

漢字 明前獅峰龍井

origin Shi Feng Shan, Zhejiang

craft pan roasted

flavor notes rich, nutty

漢字 明前獅峰龍井

origin Shi Feng Shan, Zhejiang

craft pan roasted

flavor notes rich, nutty

Gathered in March from Shi Feng Shan, one of the most renowned Dragonwell producing areas of Zhejiang Province. Each bud and single leaf, a combination that is often called Qichiang or "Flagged Spear", is then pan-fired by hand in small batches.
Shifeng styles are very traditional, but have fallen out of favor in recent years as tea makers pursue fresh grassy sweetness. This crop is unique amongst Dragonwell teas: the leaf variety produces larger rounder leaf buds with a distinctive golden sheen - and pan-firing is typically done at lower temperatures but for a longer period of time. This tea is naturally grown, though not certified organic.
Shifeng styled Dragonwells are typically hearty, with a rich, buttery quality that is a result of leaf variety, terroir, and tea making style. We love this tea for it's full bodied flavor, lingering sweetness, and toasted aroma.

Brewing Guide

Because Shifeng Dragonwells go through longer roasting and because of this, are typically drier teas, we recommend both longer steep time and slightly higher brew temperature. The challenge is to bring out the unique toasty sweetness of the tea without sacrificing the tea's round, buttery texture.
We recommend beginning with a 1 minute steep and add 10 seconds for each subsequent re-infusion.

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