Long Jing is made from shaped leaf-and-bud sets. They get their distinctively flat, ovoid shape from their firing process, in which they are rolled against the side of a wok-like vessel over a charcoal fire or electric heat source.
The flavor profile of Long Jing is sweet and nutty, with green plant notes. It is often appealing to newer tea drinkers. Long Jing that is plucked in the early spring has an incredibly nuanced, complex flavor profile. It is often very expensive.
Other popular types of Chinese-style green teas include Green Spring Snail ('Bi Luo Chun'), Jasmine Pearls, Gunpowder Green, flavored green teas and green teas from other countries (such as India and Vietnam) that are processed in a similar manner to Chinese fired green teas.