dimanche 10 mars 2013

Drinking Long Jing, again and again

I drink a lot of different teas, but I also realize I couldn't live without some of them. Long Jing is one of those I need to drink, maybe not every day, but almost. It seems its particular Qi is nearly vital to me and resonates strongly with my own energy. It always attracts me. It's surely difficult to explain, when I drink a good Long Jing, I  simply feel great, in my body, in my mind and in my heart. Can the powerful vibration of LG explain it's fame ? I believe it partly does. Other tea lovers also told me about their special affinity with Long Jing, and the fact it makes them feel good and healthy, in a very obvious way. Of course, this is  true for high quality Xi Hu Long Jing. This very special and unique feeling can be a very efficient way to find out if a LJ is a "real" and good one.



To me, the feeling tea brings is almost the most important criteria, even before aromas, fragrances or after-tastes. And it's one of the things you get to learn with chinese tea people, who really understand tea beyond the physical aspects. And Long Jing really brings a unique sensation, the kind of sensation you cannot miss. Personally, I always notice it makes me feel clear, calm, yet dynamic, self confident and happy. Yes, a real and simple well being. Nothing complicated. But something universal. It's a very strong and deep well being sensation, which reaches every cell of the body. That's for the very immediate feeling. On the other hand, drinking Long Jing for long periods brings health, energy and courage. It makes the body feel clean from the inside. As I've been drinking LJ for a number of years now, I can really tell about it's powerful health effects.



Knowing a tea is just like knowing a person. Things are not always obvious, things are not always what they seem, so it takes time. But it still is important to figure out if a certain tea matches with you. Because, discovering its personality, building a strong and true relation, and developing a real feeling of companionship is a great life experience. And that's possible with some particular teas (not the same for everybody, of course). To learn more about such "friend teas", I usually prepare them in many different ways, in order to let them tell me the most they can, and to try to take out the best of what they can offer (I can then choose the most convenient way to brew on the regular basis). Also, it's always gratifying to make sure a tea you love and respect, will give the best it has. And, as you extend your knowledge of a "friend tea", you also get deeper within yourself. The more you take care, the more tea gives you...



With Long Jing, I've tried as many parameters as it's possible to imagine, and I've never been disappointed. I truly appreciate the easy going aspect of LJ, always ready to give the best, even when the circumstances are not quite perfect. But for sure, the more I care, the more it reveals itself. To me, LG's personality is strong, elegant, graceful, and peaceful. I love to admire it's tender leaves in a beautiful zhong, or simply in a glass. Powerful and gentle, the kind of tea you can always rely on. And it shares its profound and uplifting serenity, in a very simple way. The blissful moments Long Jing offers me are priceless.





The question I sometimes ask myself is : By drinking the same teas over and over again, am I missing something ? Well, in fact, I don't care, I know I'm not wasting my time anyway. Because the most important to me is just enjoying and deepening my tea journey, which the purpose isn't to accumulate. In fact, I can even say there's no purpose at all, or, the purpose isn't important... And I'm not going to do everything I can to know all the teas in the world, just to satisfy my ego (even if I also love discovering new teas). What I need above all are true relationships (long lasting or not) with the teas I come across. Keeping the spontaneity in my everyday life, and sharing precious moments with loved teas is all I need.


In my life, drinking Long Jing has changed something. That's also why I stay true and faithful to this tea. And it continues to surprise me, after so many years spent together !

11 commentaires:

  1. After publishing a post, I always notice a few mistakes ! So annoying ! This time: LG, instead of LJ that stands for Long Jing. Sorry.

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  2. Pas de souci, j'avais rectifié :)
    Je suis un grand fan de Long Jing moi aussi, j'ai vraiment une tendresse toute particulière pour ce thé vert. J'en bois très peu, car il est difficile d'en trouver de très bons. Mais quel bonheur à chacune de mes retrouvailles avec ce thé !

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  3. Je comprend bien. D'ailleurs, il en va de même avec les autres thés : mieux vaut boire du très bon en petite quantité, que beaucoup de médiocres !

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  4. Encore une fois je suis bien d'accord avec toi et je te remercie encore de m'avoir fait connaître le LJ que tu bois, à l'occasion de notre échange de thés. Il est vrai que ce thé procure une sensation de bien-être tout en ravissant les papilles. Mais je reconnais aussi comme Sébastien qu'on ne trouve pas facilement de bons LJ ou alors à quel prix !

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  5. Hello Charlotte!

    I am so glad I found another tea lover in this virtual world! I loved what you wrote about knowing people through their tea preferences. I've never thought about it before :)

    I have to be honest, green tea is not my favorite type of tea. However, I do drink it often, especially Longjing tea. I love to experience as many tea varieties I can, so I won't close the door to any tea! I do prefer black tea, namely Early Grey, but I've become a little sensitive to caffeine over the years, so I've turned to herbals lately.

    I do understand your passion for this tea. It's often known as the tea of emperors, which tells us how impressive it must be!

    I love to drink it in the afternoon and just savor it while reading a good book. It also works as a wonderful calming tea and that suits me to perfection. Since I don't drink coffee, this green tea is a good coffee alternative to keep me sharp yet not stressed.

    http://www.therighttea.com/longjing-tea.html

    What about herbal teas? Do you have any favorites? I've been drinking Dill tea and it is quite interesting and healthy as well, namely for those you suffer from digestion problems.

    Have you ever tried it?

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  6. Hello Charlotte!

    I am so glad I found another tea lover in this virtual world! I loved what you wrote about knowing people through their tea preferences. I've never thought about it before :)

    I have to be honest, green tea is not my favorite type of tea. However, I do drink it often, especially Longjing tea. I love to experience as many tea varieties I can, so I won't close the door to any tea! I do prefer black tea, namely Early Grey, but I've become a little sensitive to caffeine over the years, so I've turned to herbals lately.

    I do understand your passion for this tea. It's often known as the tea of emperors, which tells us how impressive it must be!

    I love to drink it in the afternoon and just savor it while reading a good book. It also works as a wonderful calming tea and that suits me to perfection. Since I don't drink coffee, this green tea is a good coffee alternative to keep me sharp yet not stressed.

    http://www.therighttea.com/longjing-tea.html

    What about herbal teas? Do you have any favorites? I've been drinking Dill tea and it is quite interesting and healthy as well, namely for those you suffer from digestion problems.

    Have you ever tried it?

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  7. Hello Charlotte!

    I am so glad I found another tea lover in this virtual world! I loved what you wrote about knowing people through their tea preferences. I've never thought about it before :)

    I have to be honest, green tea is not my favorite type of tea. However, I do drink it often, especially Longjing tea. I love to experience as many tea varieties I can, so I won't close the door to any tea! I do prefer black tea, namely Early Grey, but I've become a little sensitive to caffeine over the years, so I've turned to herbals lately.

    I do understand your passion for this tea. It's often known as the tea of emperors, which tells us how impressive it must be!

    I love to drink it in the afternoon and just savor it while reading a good book. It also works as a wonderful calming tea and that suits me to perfection. Since I don't drink coffee, this green tea is a good coffee alternative to keep me sharp yet not stressed.

    http://www.therighttea.com/longjing-tea.html

    What about herbal teas? Do you have any favorites? I've been drinking Dill tea and it is quite interesting and healthy as well, namely for those you suffer from digestion problems.

    Have you ever tried it?

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  8. Hello Maria,

    Thank you for leaving a nice comment.

    I also drink black teas, which we call red teas in China, with lots of pleasure.

    But I don't often drink herbal teas, and I don't know much about them to be honest (I absolutely don't know Dill tea)...

    All the best.
    Charlotte

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  9. J'ai découvert le LJ assez récemment (qq mois) et c'est vrai que je sens moi aussi qu'il fait qq chose, je me disais que c'était ds ma tête, mais je suis contente de voir que non !
    Le Tian Guan Yin me fait du bien aussi, mais pas pareil que le LJ. Le LJ me détend, me recharge, tandis que le TGY m'aide à éliminer le "négatif", à m'apaiser.
    L'un comme l'autre, je n'en bois pas très souvent (peut-être deux fois par mois), mais ils me sont très bénéfique.
    Au quotidien, mon thé bien-être "basique" reste le sencha. Je pense que je fais du LJ ou TGY quand je suis plus "à plat".

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  10. C'est vrai que les Tie Guan Yin ont aussi quelque chose de "spécial". Je dois dire que j'en bois tous les jours au réveil et que cela me permet de me sentir purifiée, et prête pour démarrer une journée.

    C'est merveilleux de ressentir des choses avec le thé ! Cette capacité mérite vraiment d'être développée...

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  11. Oui entièrement d'accord avec thé.
    Je trouve que le thé offre beaucoup plus de sensation que bien des boissons, même naturelles comme le maté ou le café (déjà tellement amers que mes papilles sont agressées).
    Pour les thés natures, je les choisis en fonction de mon humeur, de mes sensations du moment. Je pense que c'est un des pouvoirs magiques du thé !
    En tout cas, après une grosse journée, quand je rentre vers 15h du travail, j'apprécie un classique Earl Grey, OK c'est un aromatisé, mais il a quelque de réconfortant en après-midi ^_^ surtout avec un petit biscuit pour faire le goûter :-)

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