The best Long Jing money can buy?

Made from leaves that have not been oxidized.


User avatar
Jul 27th, '17, 15:15
Posts: 73
Joined: Mar 13th, '17, 16:17
Location: Wisconsin

The best Long Jing money can buy?

by dizzo » Jul 27th, '17, 15:15

Im looking for the best long Jing you can buy.
I mostly drink oolong and pu, but I have a soft spot for the dragon well. I know this stuff can get pricey, and the best stuff will never leave China. Where is the best stuff I can get?

Jul 27th, '17, 16:37
Posts: 46
Joined: Apr 3rd, '17, 17:44

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by abnyc » Jul 27th, '17, 16:37

dizzo wrote: Im looking for the best long Jing you can buy.
I mostly drink oolong and pu, but I have a soft spot for the dragon well. I know this stuff can get pricey, and the best stuff will never leave China. Where is the best stuff I can get?
I've not had either, since I prefer to spend my big bucks on oolongs, but these are both top-notch US vendors, probably some of the better LJ available on the english-speaking web:

https://songtea.com/collections/green-t ... dragonwell

https://redblossomtea.com/products/our- ... dragonwell

If you don't mind a steep mark-up, or in this case a lightly-aged green tea, this shop is pretty reliably excellent:

https://tea-drunk.com/green-tea/long-jing

User avatar
Jul 27th, '17, 17:23
Posts: 813
Joined: Nov 13th, '12, 13:49
Location: santa monica, california, usa
Contact: victoria3

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by victoria3 » Jul 27th, '17, 17:23

I have TeaHabitat's Chrystal White it is delicious with elegant green vegetal warm umami notes. Pricy but worth the experience;
http://www.teahabitat.com/store/index.p ... cts_id=249

Jul 28th, '17, 10:56
Posts: 787
Joined: Nov 7th, '08, 21:07
Scrolling: scrolling
Location: Boston Area

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by brlarson » Jul 28th, '17, 10:56

dizzo wrote: Im looking for the best long Jing you can buy.
...
Where is the best stuff I can get?
Akira Hojo always has exceptional shi feng long jing, but his prices are dear.
You can download his tea price list near the top of this URL:
http://hojotea.com/item_e/available.htm

If you have a weakness for Japanese teaware then you might want to avoid looking at the rest of his site :mrgreen:

User avatar
Jul 31st, '17, 22:26
Posts: 62
Joined: Jul 19th, '12, 16:10
Location: New Jersey

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by teaformeplease » Jul 31st, '17, 22:26

Teavivre's is actually one of the best I've had and not outrageously priced either

http://www.teavivre.com/organic-she-qia ... green-tea/

User avatar
Aug 1st, '17, 00:29
Vendor Member
Posts: 166
Joined: Apr 26th, '08, 20:53
Location: Malaysia
Contact: nada

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by nada » Aug 1st, '17, 00:29

I rarely drink green teas, so might not be the best person to answer, but knowing the provenance of their Long Jing I'd imagine Postcard Teas would be worth trying

http://www.postcardteas.com/site/produc ... reen-teas/

User avatar
Aug 1st, '17, 11:50
Posts: 73
Joined: Mar 13th, '17, 16:17
Location: Wisconsin

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by dizzo » Aug 1st, '17, 11:50

teaformeplease wrote: Teavivre's is actually one of the best I've had and not outrageously priced either

http://www.teavivre.com/organic-she-qia ... green-tea/
This has been my go to Long Jing! Great stuff and its never not in my house. Id love to compare it to something thats supposed to be really snazzy :wink:

User avatar
Aug 3rd, '17, 01:42
Posts: 1144
Joined: Dec 2nd, '07, 17:53
Location: New York

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by joelbct » Aug 3rd, '17, 01:42

The very best might set you back $10 to $60/gram. ;)

Supposedly that was a bubble, with wholesale prices since returning to ~$1/g for traditional-cultivar (non #43), pre-chinming Shi Feng LJ.

I don't love teavivre's "nonpareils," were a bit light for me. At that price point I preferred TeaSpring's Emperor LJ.

Hojo's Shi Feng is $2.70/g. I'd be surprised if you can find anything "better" through retail channels than whatever he sells. I don't know if he has 2017, but with his food science background, I'm sure it's stored optimally.

Ito En US' boutique site lists some Shi Feng at $60 for 28g. It might be 2016, but would also be stored optimally based on my experience. I've had good luck with their pricey teas.

Seven Cups' Shi Feng was good, too, last I tried, years ago. They have 2017 at ~$1/g.
Last edited by joelbct on Aug 4th, '17, 00:59, edited 3 times in total.

Aug 3rd, '17, 05:29
Posts: 724
Joined: Aug 4th, '14, 05:43

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by Bok » Aug 3rd, '17, 05:29

Reminds that last time I went to Shanghai it was just harvest time for Longjing and the tea market was full of stalls sorting through the leaves. Got me thinking how good this tea can stay if left out in the open like that.

Shanghainese, as Hangzhou is(comparatively) close seem to drink a lot of it, not many other teas to be had. For fun I went to browse some super markets, if they have tea it is usually Longjing. Tea seems to be sold through other channels though most grocery shops did not have any. Needless to say I didn’t buy tea there :lol:

Once had a gifted green tea which was named Laoshan (old mountain), some of the qualities quite similar to what I associate with Longjing, this slightly buttery creaminess.

In the end I find these qualities and much more with better stamina in high mountain oolongs, which is why the few longjings someone gives me now and then end up being cold brewed for casual work drinking :mrgreen:

Aug 3rd, '17, 13:15
Posts: 787
Joined: Nov 7th, '08, 21:07
Scrolling: scrolling
Location: Boston Area

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by brlarson » Aug 3rd, '17, 13:15

nada wrote: ... knowing the provenance of their Long Jing I'd imagine Postcard Teas would be worth trying

http://www.postcardteas.com/site/produc ... reen-teas/
Master Luo's Long Jing offerings at Postcard Teas are excellent. Notice however that one is for cultivar 43, which is less desirable, while his other offerings are from old bushes of traditional cultivars which are very desirable. Also notice that while all of his offerings are from the Westlake area (Xi Hu) none of them are from Lion's Peak (Shi Feng).

If you're looking for the best balance between quality and price then quality long jing from Mei Jia Wu in the Westlake area may be your best bet. However, if you are trying to get a glimpse of what Long Jing can be then you may want to continue your search among Shi Feng.

User avatar
Aug 4th, '17, 01:13
Posts: 1144
Joined: Dec 2nd, '07, 17:53
Location: New York

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by joelbct » Aug 4th, '17, 01:13

brlarson wrote:
nada wrote: ... knowing the provenance of their Long Jing I'd imagine Postcard Teas would be worth trying

http://www.postcardteas.com/site/produc ... reen-teas/
Master Luo's Long Jing offerings at Postcard Teas are excellent.
Thanks for sharing, hadn't heard of Postcard before. Cool selection. Even their tisanes look special.

Have you tried any of their black teas?

Aug 4th, '17, 08:17
Posts: 787
Joined: Nov 7th, '08, 21:07
Scrolling: scrolling
Location: Boston Area

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by brlarson » Aug 4th, '17, 08:17

joelbct wrote:
brlarson wrote:
nada wrote: ... knowing the provenance of their Long Jing I'd imagine Postcard Teas would be worth trying

http://www.postcardteas.com/site/produc ... reen-teas/
Master Luo's Long Jing offerings at Postcard Teas are excellent.
Thanks for sharing, hadn't heard of Postcard before. Cool selection. Even their tisanes look special.

Have you tried any of their black teas?
Never tried any black/red teas from Postcard, but their Wuyi and Phoenix oolong are pretty wonderful.

Aug 16th, '17, 12:25
Posts: 1
Joined: Aug 13th, '17, 13:23

Re: The best Long Jing money can buy?

by TeaDuck » Aug 16th, '17, 12:25

http://shop.amazing-green-tea.com/dragon-well-tea.html

King grade is quite nice.

I have been to Postcards a few times (never tried the Long Jing I think :( )
But they generally have very good teas.

+ Post Reply