So this weekend was a tough one which means I was unable to get into the city and find a cafe or tea house to blog about but that does not mean I did not get my hands on a new kind of tea!
One of my good friends from school was supposed to go into the city with me on Saturday morning to come along and discover some new tea place with me while I soaked up some tea information for this blog. Unfortunately it just was not possible for me to make it into the city, so she decided to come to my apartment late Friday night instead.
She brought me some tea her family uses in Hangzhou, China. So you can imagine I got really excited. And if you can’t, trust me, I was beaming. She told me that that people who love this tea in China will drink it all day everyday. My kind of town!
The tea she brought is called Longjing tea, a green tea, also known as Dragon Well Tea. It has origins in Hangzhou, China, but it is currently produced in Zhejiang.
I looked inside the tin and realized the leaves were huge! She told me to skip the infuser and to just pour the water right over the leaves. “Just don’t drink the leaves,” she said. So that’s what we did.
While I can now say that I have experience with loose tea, and love how “real” it seems compared to bagged tea, this loose tea was really tea leaves!
Several sips into my first cup, I noticed it got really strong, but I kept drinking…and may have ingested a few tea leaves, but it was so much fun and I don’t think I would have had such an experience if we went out to tea.
So we sat for an hour or so talking with my roommate about school and life and enjoyed our authentic Chinese tea at 1AM. Does anyone else do this with their friends? It doesn’t have to be so late at night but what about in the morning, afternoon or early evening?
I did a bit of research and found that Longjing Tea is traditionally brewed using an Yixing clay teapot. Owning a teapot like this is on my wish list!
I found this video and I think it’s worth checking out, let me know what you think!