Xian Cha - Long Jing

Made from leaves that have not been oxidized.

User avatar
Nov 18th 12 1:53 pm
Posts: 205
Joined: Aug 2nd 11 4:59 pm
Location: Poland

Xian Cha - Long Jing

by chado.my.teaway » Nov 18th 12 1:53 pm

Have any of you been practicing "xian cha"? The first time I met with the owner of the shop that entertained me Long Jing.

User avatar
Nov 29th 12 4:43 pm
Posts: 205
Joined: Aug 2nd 11 4:59 pm
Location: Poland

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by chado.my.teaway » Nov 29th 12 4:43 pm

its a Xing Cha...my mistake.

User avatar
Dec 1st 12 7:33 pm
Vendor Member
Posts: 2104
Joined: Sep 24th 08 10:38 pm
Location: Boston, MA

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by gingkoseto » Dec 1st 12 7:33 pm

or maybe a "xin cha"? "new tea"?
Southern Chinese are often confused about "g" in Chinese pinyin :mrgreen:

User avatar
Dec 2nd 12 1:56 pm
Posts: 205
Joined: Aug 2nd 11 4:59 pm
Location: Poland

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by chado.my.teaway » Dec 2nd 12 1:56 pm


User avatar
Dec 2nd 12 2:09 pm
Vendor Member
Posts: 397
Joined: Feb 2nd 12 8:03 am
Location: RSA

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by SilentChaos » Dec 2nd 12 2:09 pm

AFAIK, waking up the tea is sometimes a step for brewing certain kinds of teas. The wash CAN sometimes achieve the same effect. I haven't seen it much myself in brewing long jing or green teas in general though.
Last edited by SilentChaos on Dec 2nd 12 11:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Dec 2nd 12 10:44 pm
Vendor Member
Posts: 2104
Joined: Sep 24th 08 10:38 pm
Location: Boston, MA

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by gingkoseto » Dec 2nd 12 10:44 pm

chado.my.teaway wrote:No. Xing Cha.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kff7Oxa ... re=related

;))
Oh I see! Usually I put small amount of water before putting in the tea and then swirl the cup a bit after putting in the tea and before filling the cup with hot water. Somewhat similar to what she does except putting water before the tea.

User avatar
Dec 10th 12 2:10 am
Posts: 474
Joined: Jan 23rd 07 7:50 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by Evan Draper » Dec 10th 12 2:10 am

醒, xǐng, "to rouse." Often used to mean simply "wake up," but the 酉 radical means it has something to do with a jar, specifically to recover from drunkenness!

User avatar
Dec 10th 12 2:23 am
Vendor Member
Posts: 3135
Joined: Aug 28th 12 12:12 pm
Location: Hong Kong

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by jayinhk » Dec 10th 12 2:23 am

Thanks for sharing. I usually flash rinse my LJ before brewing, but maybe some swirling in the first infusion might be a good thing.

User avatar
Dec 12th 12 5:29 am
Posts: 4583
Joined: Apr 1st 09 4:48 am
Location: Bangkok

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by Tead Off » Dec 12th 12 5:29 am

jayinhk wrote:Thanks for sharing. I usually flash rinse my LJ before brewing, but maybe some swirling in the first infusion might be a good thing.
Really no need to flash rinse LJ or most green teas. Maybe brewing 1st brew a bit longer because you are going from dry to wet and the water needs more time to penetrate. Many myths associated with flash rinsing and 'cleaning' most teas.

User avatar
Dec 20th 12 7:10 pm
Posts: 474
Joined: Jan 23rd 07 7:50 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by Evan Draper » Dec 20th 12 7:10 pm

Been meaning to try this method for a while. But my Longjing wouldn't sink after several minutes! Guess it got so drunk it wouldn't rouse...the Bon Scott of Long jings.

User avatar
Jan 10th 13 8:30 pm
Posts: 474
Joined: Jan 23rd 07 7:50 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by Evan Draper » Jan 10th 13 8:30 pm

By the way, does anyone have a good source for buying such heat-resistant narrow glass tumblers from the US? It's the kind of thing you can just get at Walmart in China, but nobody in the states has any use for them apparently :( Your choices are either a shatter-prone bud vase or an over-insulated space age travel monstrosity.

User avatar
Jan 11th 13 3:36 am
Posts: 1518
Joined: Jul 21st 10 6:25 am
Location: Oz

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by bagua7 » Jan 11th 13 3:36 am

Tead Off wrote:Many myths associated with flash rinsing and 'cleaning' most teas.
How about this? Removing pesticide residue.

User avatar
Jan 14th 13 1:46 am
Posts: 2004
Joined: Mar 3rd 09 10:18 pm

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by entropyembrace » Jan 14th 13 1:46 am

bagua7 wrote:
Tead Off wrote:Many myths associated with flash rinsing and 'cleaning' most teas.
How about this? Removing pesticide residue.
Pesticide residue is not very soluble in water. Rinse with dish soap or you're not accomplishing anything :P

User avatar
Jan 14th 13 2:04 am
Posts: 865
Joined: Mar 5th 10 3:07 am
Location: somewhere over the rainbow

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by Poohblah » Jan 14th 13 2:04 am

Evan Draper wrote:By the way, does anyone have a good source for buying such heat-resistant narrow glass tumblers from the US? It's the kind of thing you can just get at Walmart in China, but nobody in the states has any use for them apparently :( Your choices are either a shatter-prone bud vase or an over-insulated space age travel monstrosity.
Unfortunately, I've been on the same mission without much success. I think we should organize a group to do a large taobao buy for these tumblers. I especially like ones such as these: http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a2 ... id=&pm_id= $12 on taobao, but if you could find it in the states, it would surely be $50.

Teahabitat has a few http://www.teahabitat.com/store/index.p ... cts_id=336, but I prefer the durable steel tumblers over glass.

User avatar
Jan 14th 13 4:43 am
Vendor Member
Posts: 3135
Joined: Aug 28th 12 12:12 pm
Location: Hong Kong

Re: Xian Cha - Long Jing

by jayinhk » Jan 14th 13 4:43 am

entropyembrace wrote:
bagua7 wrote:
Tead Off wrote:Many myths associated with flash rinsing and 'cleaning' most teas.
How about this? Removing pesticide residue.
Pesticide residue is not very soluble in water. Rinse with dish soap or you're not accomplishing anything :P
The HK Govt's Centre for Food Safety seems to disagree:

http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/multimedi ... 35_03.html

Also this study from the Tea Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences seems to indicate some pesticides are very much water soluble (DDT isn't, but dimethoate, for example, very much is):

http://www.selamat.wur.nl/NR/rdonlyres/ ... ssment.pdf