How to check if your Xi Hu Long Jing is authentic

13 12 2008

The Xi Hu Long Jing tea (West Lake Dragon Well) is one of the most sought after, renowened teas. Being the Chinese number one tea it is also a subject to falsification. The majority of this tea in the market is fake, but there is a way of checking if you have purchased the real thing. Except for the notable high price the real Xi Hu Long Jing should have an Anti-fake label. On the label there is a number when you scratch off the coating, which you enter on in the text box here (Anti-fake website of the Hangzhou Quality Control Department). Next you can use a free online translator to translate the results. You will either get a message that tells you that you have successfully purchased the real Long Jing or that the number has already been asked for. 





One response

15 12 2008

I’m afraid it is more complicated than that. Those seals or only for packaged tea. The brand “Xi Hu Long Jing” is owned by the old government longjing company, and your this seal refers to that company only. Bulk buyers may buy Hangzhou produced longjing and it can certainly be authentic. There is no guarantee that comes with this seal, except that it is packaged by this one particular company that has been granted the seal by the government. There was a time when this company confined itself to buy from Shifeng when it was the government supplier of longjing and the tea makers of Shifeng were not allowed to sell tea openly. They are allowed now to sell on the open market but don’t have a seal. Plus there is a lot more longjing that is grown and produced in the surrounding area’s around Xihu that are not Shifeng longjing. There are at least 4 varietals being grow in the Shifeng area, only one of which is the traditional bush. The other three are much better producers and are favored by tea grower. When most people buy Longjing in China labeled as authentic, they expect that they are getting Shifeng Longjing that is made with the traditional bush. This is rarely the case. The company the owns the “Xi Hu Long Jing” brand and the seal you describe, is widely distributed in China, and certainly sells more tea that can be produced on Shifeng Mountain, and they are the only company that can call a tea “Xi Hu Long Jing”, and does not mean that there is not authentic longjing that does not have that seal.

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