The West Lake (Xi Hu) Dragon Well (Long Jing) Tea is a variety of green tea from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. The few best Longjing Production regions include Mei Jia Wu, Shi Feng and Yue Zhou (Yue Xiang), as well as Da Fo. It is well-known worldwide and is highly praised for its green color leaves, durable elegant fragrance and mellow taste. The tea has a recorded history of over 1,000 years, and was mentioned in the oldest tea book of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The tea is frequently offered to treat heads of countries, including the British Queen Elizabeth II and former US President Richard Nixon.
LongJing is highly praised because of its absolute beauty in four aspects: greenish color, elegant fragrance, mellow taste and prettiness in appearance. The delicate fragrance is very long-lasting, and the bright liquor gives a refreshing, brisk, mellow, and sweet after taste. Mei Jia Wu Longjing tea has a light nutty aroma, smell of fresh leaves, very smooth taste and a pleasant flowery aftertaste. The tea leaves are green, flat and slender. Meijiawu has a reputation for producing some of the best Long Jing teas in the world. The price of high quality Mei Jia Wu Dragonwell is shockingly expensive, not a regular household can afford for daily drink.
There are many Longjing found in the market, nevertheless, the best Longjing comes from its original places, the Longjing Village which covers several historically renowned production areas. At this moment, there are many tea produced from other places in Zhejiang Province, which is known as Zhejiang Longjing. However, due to the localized climatic environment and different manufacturing expertise, the quality is different from its origin. Besides, the production areas at certain places of Zhejiang Province are located in the city area, which is exposed to the risk of heavy metal contamination from vehicles and industrial area.