I’m not a big fan of green tea but I was deliciously surprised by the Jade Dragon Mao Feng!! I was gifted it along with a lovely Teavana tea tumbler and have been drinking it nice and hot for the past 2 hours. I steeped it for just over a minute and was a bit concerned with it’s light colour. The aroma doesn’t change too much whether dry or steeping/steeped and I find it smells equally earthy and sweet. The taste has altered a little as its cooled, but texture has remained the same.
Now, one of the reasons that I don’t terribly enjoy green tea is because it leaves my mouth feeling dry and this worsens with each sip but this has not occurred. In fact, from the moment it hits my tongue, to the last moment that I swallow it, my mouth is coated with a wonderfully silky almost creamy texture. I like to inhale deeply while I take a sip and let the liquid roll around on my tongue before swallowing and exhaling. I always drink my tea with a tea spoon or two of honey and I found that it brought out the inherent sweetness of this particular brew. Due to taste and feel, it is easy to forget that you are in fact drinking a light brothy liquid and not something akin to warm sweetened milk. In fact, it continues to astound me in every sip!
My only concern with this tea is that if you wait too long between sips (like more than 40 seconds), the silky coating on your tongue gets complicated and when you do take another sip, you are left feeling a bit dry and tasting a bit bitter. But I think this is due to the secretion of saliva and the effect it produces when it lingers on the sweet taste buds. Altogether, not unpleasant and nothing another few sips can’t cure!
I’m looking forward to seeing what this tea will be like when I re-steep the leaves.. I think this is called “re-infusion”? I’m afraid i’m not terribly well versed in the language of all things tea :) I strongly suggest this tea to tea and non-tea drinkers alike, regardless of green tea preferences.