Here is the Seven Cups Shi Feng Long Jing
that arrived today. Brewed first infusion for 2.5 minutes, at 165 degrees, second for 3 minutes at 175 degrees.
It is tasty- subtle, fresh, vibrant, vegetabl-ey, slight hint of smoke and saltiness. 2nd infusion tastes better than the first. Resonant aftertaste...
It is definitely a very high quality tea, however, I'm not convinced it is worth $36.45 for 25 grams. I suspect their Da Fo Long Jing might be a better buy, at $25.60 for 50 grams.
***EDIT: Upon several additional tastings, and tweaking the amt. of tea and temperature, I got better results with the Shi Feng Long Jing. I am starting to see why it is expensive- Very subtle and refined, as expensive Chinese Greens tend to be***
I think I actually preferred the Dragon Well I picked up from Ito En last Spring, which was considerably less expensive- Interesting, considering they specialize in Japanese tea. Could be because it was closer to harvest time.
I will let you know how the Dragon Tea House Long Jing
compares when it arrives (I ordered the superfine grade). $18.70 for 100 grams sounds much more reasonable, and even his highest grade Long Jing is just $43.00 for 100 grams. I guess it pays to order direct from China...
Overall, though, I would order from Seven Cups again. And I have yet to sample or review the Keemun Spring Dawn, or the Taishan Fo Mei (Buddha's Eyebrow), which also arrived today with the Shi Feng.
Hope this is helpful!