Longjing tea, also known as West Lake Green Tea, is a loose leaf green tea named for the Longjing Village of West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in China. Over 2,000 years ago, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty granted the West Lake green tea region Imperial Tea status. This designation meant regular visits by the royal family. The tea still holds a high reputation today.
Longjing Tea Loose Leaf Green Tea
Green tea in general is known for high concentration of polyphenols that help reduce inflammation and cancer. Researchers reported that West Lake, or Longjing tea has higher concentrations of polyphenols and free amino acids than other green teas.
These leaves are harvested at the peak time, right before the Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day), making them highly desirable and of the best quality. This tea is intended for those seeking the highest quality whose tastes are satiated only by the most premium of green teas.
- Origin: Zhejiang Province, China
- Details: Shi Feng Longjing tea – known as Lion Peak Longjing
- Flavor: sweet, nutty, vegetal, buttery, floral
- Temperature: 180°F - 190°F
- Caffeine: 25 mg per cup
- Weight: 30 grams (1.2 oz) per package
- Makes: 25-35 cups
Health Benefits of West Lake Loose Leaf Green Tea
Research out of Asia shows that green tea: (Your individual results may vary
- Supports antioxidant activity
- Has genoprotective properties (based on a Cambridge University study)
- Promotes the reduction of fat in the body and blood
- Improves brain function
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Prevents the onset of diabetes
- Contributes to longevity
Longjing tea is famous for its creamy, herbaceous, nutty, and vegetal aroma and flavor.
How to Brew Longjing Tea
Measure out the quantity of leaves you want to steep, about 1 1/2 teaspoons. Rinse the leaves with water at 180-190°F. To rinse your West Lake green tea, place the tea leaves in a brewing vessel, pour near-boiling water over them and pour out this water.
After you've rinsed your tea, you are ready for the next steps:
- Add fresh hot water and steep for about 1-3 minutes, or until the leaves have dilated.
- As a rough guide, the hotter the water or the greater the number of leaves used, the shorter the steeping time should be.
- Each batch may be infused 3 or more times.
Note: Check with your health provider if you have health issues or questions about drinking the tea. We do not offer this information as guidance or advice for your situation.