Do you like drinking tea? What kind of tea? Green tea? Black tea? Oolong tea? Today Miracle Mandarin will introduce a kind of Oolong tea: Longjing tea.
Longjing tea (simplified Chinese:龙井茶; Lóngjǐng chá), sometimes called by its literal translated name Dragon Well tea, is a variety of pan-roasted green tea from the area of Longjing village near Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, China. It is produced mostly by hand and renowned for its high quality, earning it one of China’s most famous teas title.
Production and health benefits
Like most other Chinese green tea, Longjing tea leaves are roasted early in processing (after picking) to stop the natural oxidation process, which is a part of creating black and Oolong teas. The actions of these enzymes is stopped by “firing” (heating in pans) or by steaming the leaves before they completely dry out. As is the case with other green teas (and white teas), Longjing tea leaves are therefore “unfermented.” When steeped, the tea produces a yellow-green color. The tea contains vitamin c ,amino acids, and, like most finer Chinese green teas, has one of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas.
For best infusion results, water at around 75-80°C or 167-176 °F should be used to brew the tea leaves. Although it is common practice nowadays to steep Longjing tea in porcelain or glassware, the real taste profile of a finer Longjing is achieved only by using a genuine, slightly porous, Yixing clay teapot , which since the beginning, was popular exactly for preparing green tea well.
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