Tead Off wrote:RayFev,
You will find most suggestions to brew LJ at 80C. This is too hot, IMO. I use water that is 65C. I use about 1/3 of a 100ml pot for the leaf. The 1st brew is no more than 30sec. You can adjust this after you get the feel of how the tea brews. I usually use same temp for the 1st 3 brews then maybe a bit hotter and longer. Some people use even lower temp. Maybe it depends on the quality of the tea but you must use a good amount of leaf. LJ should taste sweet, slightly nutty/roasted, and, buttery in the mouth. Aroma is almost bready or yeasty and can have floral notes. It's an interesting tea that I love to drink in the Spring. Leaves should be small, uniform, and, whole, not broken or varying much in size. This is how you know you have a decent quality LJ.
oh thanks for the replies @all, i'm obviously new here... but i bought my Longjing about a month ago actually from HolyMountain lol... i usually buy from a guy out of HongKong. I just never have seen Longjing with these little "fluffballs" lol every time i type the word. I'm drinking it now... about brewing yeah, thanks for the tips. I use filtered water even though tap tastes better to me, 1st brew 3 minutes, 2nd 6 minute etc. I usually vary the amount of tea until i find the sweet spot. A good brew of Longjing to me is as you stated, nutty, sweet perfume aftertaste that lingers all day on the palate... not getting that with this tea.
I'm half Pinoy/caucasian american so i'm not biased against Chinese, i just read a lot of the headlines about asbestos, tainted milk etc out of China and these so called "fluffballs" don't make me want to drink this expensive tea at all to be honest. I was on the verge of tweezing them all out and having them sent for chemical analysis haha.
I think i'll go back to drinking my Makaibari organic instead, no "fluffballs"!!!
I usually buy 1/4 pound at a time
1 x Makaibari Organic Green FTGFOP (G-MOG-1)
Size 1/4 pound $12.00
1 x Organic Idulgashena Green OP (G-OIG-1)
Size 1/4 pound $12.00
1 x 1st Grade Dragon Well (Lung Ching) (G-DW-3)
Size 1/4 pound $17.00
the 2 organic green teas are great, the Ceylon is very minty for those who might not have tried it.
I'm going to be 44 this year and i've had many negative life events... so the last thing i need to think about is toxic "fluffballs" haha, although it's probably nothing like one of you stated.
I started collecting YiXing teapots about 15 years ago? or so, but drank black teas, about 10 years back i went to green teas exclusively but YiXing teapots are only for black teas higher temp brewing... so now i just brew in a glass or mug with a strainer. Maybe i've just never had TRULY 1st grade Longjing until this batch with "fluffballs"??? but in all these years i've never seen them until now.
(long rant over)