6tsp for 750mL, Breville, green tea setting, medium strength (3-minute steep) with basket feature on.

Yes, that’s a lot of leaf for 750mL of tea, but the older I get, the stronger I like my tea — except for some of the oolongs; those I’ll follow directions for. Also, this Dragonwell is fluffy for a green. The leaves are long, flat and lovely.

I’m not Dragonwell expert, but the Dragonwell from Boston Tea Party is delicious. I gotta ask myself why I don’t make this more often. My flashier teas tend to push Dragonwell to the back of the line. But when there’s work to be done and green tea to be drunk, a good Dragonwell or a good Sencha can make my day.

Notes from an earlier comment. These hold true even with the stronger liquor this time: “Body is light but creamy. Taste is sweet and very refreshing. No mineral or brine notes. Faint fruitness rounds out the aftertaste. Maybe some distant smoke — hard to say. Slight nuttiness.” The only difference now is a pleasant mineral note in the finish — very clean. Lots of buance and subtlety in this unassuming straight green.

Rating: 95.

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE. New novel this March called THIS MARLOWE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Floral oolong and complex black teas are my favourites.


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