After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. I love drinking Dragonwell tea: a very tasty – and healthy – green tea from the area of Longjing Village in China. The name Dragonwell is a literal translation of the word ‘Longjing’. It is the tea of emperors. Why? Keep reading.
Coffee is great to give you energy and get you into that productive mood. But did you know that the positive effect is much better when you drink less coffee? That is why I limit myself to a few cups of coffee per day, usually in the morning. For the rest of the day and in the evening I drink a lot of tea. I especially love Dragonwell tea, a very tasty – and healthy – green tea.
After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. There are four main kinds of teas (not including herbal teas): black, green, oolong, and white. They are all made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis (evergreen shrub).
The four main kinds of tea:
Common varieties of black tea include Assam, Nepal, Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Rize, Keemun, and Ceylon teas. Black teas offer the strongest flavors and are the only style of tea regularly consumed with milk and sugar. Black tea contains more caffeine than any other teas.
Green Tea is plucked, withered and rolled. It is not oxidized because during the rolling process, oxidation is prevented by applying heat. Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, similar to that of white tea. Dragonwell tea is a variety of green tea, more about this later.
Oolong Tea is one of the most time-consuming teas to create. It typically has much more complex flavor than Green or White teas. Oolong contains similar amounts of caffeine as white and green tea.
White Tea is essentially unprocessed tea. It is simply plucked and allowed to wither dry. The leaves are harvested when they still are covered in silvery white hairs. White tea contains less caffeine than black tea.
drink three to six cups every day to enjoy a healthier heart, brain, and body
Health benefits of drinking tea
Drinking tea has many health benefits. Drink three to six cups every day to enjoy a healthier heart, brain, and body. Tea is considered safe in amounts up to six cups a day for most people.
Those who regularly drink tea are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Tea’s ability to lower blood pressure may be why it could reduce a person’s risk of dying of a stroke. Green tea seemed to have a stronger effect than black tea.
Tea, especially green tea, is also a rich source of flavonoids, bioactive compounds that can lessen oxidative stress and relieve inflammation.
Finally, drinking tea is a great way of protecting your teeth and getting enough fluid into your body each day.
the lighter rainwater floating on its surface sometimes resembles the movement of a Chinese dragon
Dragonwell tea is a variety of pan-roasted green tea from the area of Longjing Village in Hangzhou, China. The name Dragonwell is a literal translation of the word ‘Longjing’. It is produced by hand and well known for its high quality.
It is said to be named after a well that contains dense water. After rain the lighter rainwater floating on its surface sometimes resembles the movement of a Chinese dragon.
Dragonwell tea leaves experience minimal oxidation. That is because they are roasted immediately after picking to stop the natural oxidation process. The tea contains vitamin C, amino acids, and has one of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas.
Dragonwell tea legends
The Qianlong Emperor went to the Hu Gong Temple under the Lion Peak Mountain and was presented with a cup of Dragonwell tea. He was so impressed by the tea that he conferred the 18 Dragonwell tea bushes special imperial status. The trees are still living and the tea they produce is auctioned annually for higher price per gram than gold.
Another legend tells the story of the Qianlong Emperor that was visiting the temple when he received a message that his mother was ill and wished his immediate return to Beijing. He picked a few tealeaves and shoved them into his sleeve. When he visited his mother she noticed the smell of the leaves coming from his sleeves and he immediately had it brewed for her. That is why the shape of Dragonwell tea is designed to have the appearance of the flattened leaves that the emperor brought for his mother.