365 Teas Challenge > Day 292 - Aged Long Jing from 2011

Written by our guest blogger @journeywithacup @thebrewlab.co

Hi! I'm Elan from Malaysia. I've been into tea as a hobby for 10 years. Travelling to learn more about tea from its origin and from the people has been eye-opening to my tea learning adventure. With every cup of tea, bring us on a journey, of taste, culture, growth and connection.


I had this tea for the Mid-autumn Festival celebration. This longjing was kept by a tea collector, since 2011. It is from Xihu, Hangzhou, China, and as seen by the leaf, the picking of the leaf is of very high grade and likely to be from early spring.


It's good to learn the taste of tea as it ages. Though this longjing would probably turn better with a few more decades of ageing. The quality of tea leaves picking looks good. I've had 30 years aged longjing before, it was remarkable! Smooth, thick, ginseng taste. So, this 9-year longjing would probably age very well.


Tea profile:


Type: Green

Origin: Xihu, Hangzhou, China

Harvest time: 2011 Spring

Leaf colour: Brown with golden furry down

Liquor colour: Dark amber

Tea aroma: Same as the taste

Tea taste: Thick with raw peas, misty forest, fresh tree bark, baby corn flavours

Steeping/brewing: Place 4 g of this tea in a porcelain gaiwan and add about 100 ml water at around 90°C. Rinse after 5 sec. Steep for 10 seconds for the second time and increase the consecutive steeping time by 10

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