The wok is 150 C, much hotter than what it takes to boil water….

The wok is 150 C, much hotter than what it takes to boil water. This is the third firing of each batch of Dragonwell, typically fired 3-4 times before it’s called completed. Each firing elicits more of its high fragrance. Tea master Mr. Dai is an old hand- literally, this is his 23rd year hand firing Dragonwell.

It’s all by touch- machines can not feel the difference in dryness between all those little tiny leaves. But in the hands of Mr. Dai, every leaf is accounted for. As for me, I am meeting the most literati of teas to be ever considered the symbol of the educated elite, at the handmade, gritty farm level.

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