15 Tasting Notes
The pretty, multi-toned dry leaves,smell sweetly fruity and floral. Not a ‘high’ sweetness but deeper almost licorice.
The steeped leaves create a beautiful straw-colored brew, which is a beautiful sweet melon and honeyed floral. Distinct, but not overpoweringly so. I bought this economically-priced white as a foil to my favorite (but more expensive) Silver Needle White. Both are decidedly different and if you like or want to try white tea, you owe it to yourself to try both. This is a lovely choice for an afternoon tea party. Perfect to share with friends in the garden, or on a rainy afternoon!
I received this fresh Dragonwell as a sample from Verdant. The dry leaf in the bag has a strong chocolate scent (not at all expected from a Dragonwell.)
The steeped leaves lose the chocolate, and the liquor has a sweet, caramel & rice-pudding taste, very mellow and smooth.
I did not find this Dragonwell vegetal or grassy (except as a light background note), which for me isn’t a plus.
Personally, I like the strong toasted almond & grass flavor of a fresh and assertive Dragonwell. This tea is assertive but in a softer, sweeter caramel fashion. More rice pudding than green or seaweed. To many, I’m sure that’s what will make this Dragonwell stand out from another. There is no bitterness or floral to the steeped tea, which dances lightly in it’s green/gold liquor. A very nice selection!
Slightly twisted, long, slender olive and silver dry leaves. Very fresh and vegetal in the bag, like a really good dragonwell.
The steeped tea deepens to richer, sweetgrass and fruit notes with a hint of creamy nuttiness. The liquor is a lovely green-gold.
Being a big Dragonwell fan, this tea is bold and bright enough to hold its own against it. (Although quieter in its assertiveness, still very distinct from other greens.)
Not floral, but decidedly sweet. Green, but not as strongly so as Dragonwell. If you’re looking for an alternative green which isn’t overly flora, nor overly green or grassy, this one’s for you.
I’ve reviewed this tea before, but this is an update on the Spring 2013 batch:
The long flattened dry Dragonwell leaf is a beautiful bright green color, with a strong, fresh toasted vegetal scent.
The steeped leaves open full and fast, clearly displaying their paired tip leaf & 1st leaf. The smell of the tea’s steam is vegetal, roasted, nutty almost porridge-like. The spring 2013 batch doesn’t disappoint. Teavivre’s is still the best dragonwell I’ve tasted. Nutty, slightly roasted, slightly vegetal, but deliciously smooth. Last year I ordered three 100g bags late in the year and finished all. It’s my everday/all day and never tire of it tea. I’ve found the leaves very forgiving of temperature and steep time (It wonn’t burn or taste off.) A tasty affordable tea for everyday use. A very distinct, bold green, satisfying even to those lovers of stronger more oxidized teas.
Okay I bought this on steepster reviews alone. The warm honeyed tones of the long, fluffy, dry leaves reflect the delicious flavor of the steeped tea. A dark gold liquor with a smooth, satiny honey flavor that fills the mouth and remains on the tongue. Truly a memorable tea. Full-bodied with no bitterness. Definitely no sugar or milk needed. Some reviewers mention sweet-potato or maple references (which I get), but without smokiness or chocolate tones. Overall a lovely ‘black’ to always have in the larder. I’m glad I took a chance with this one. It’s definitely one not to miss.
I received this as a requested sample from Teavivre and I’m glad I did.Very dark green nearly black & gold, small dry leaf in the bag, smelling wonderfully of chocolate. Steeping to a cocoa/ malt flavored brew with a thick mouth feel. Very smooth without bitterness. Great value for the price!
I received this as a generous sample from Verdant.
The dried balled leaves are a dark olive green, not black and not overly manipulated. The whiff of dry leaf from the bag is vegetal and tobacco-like, withholding it’s true character until steeping.
The cup yields a beautiful flower essence (somewhere between Jasmine & lily) balanced with warm green hay and round brown sugar notes which linger on the tongue.
The floral is decidedly there but not cloying or overpowering. Truly in balance with the other notes. I’m not a fan of (overly) floral teas and was worried I may tire of this one. It’s the underlying balancing notes which tease the palate to yearn for more. The best Tieguanyin I’ve had to date.
A remarkable tea for only two years in the making.
Dark chocolate and tobacco are the main notes of the large, twisted leaves in the bag. It was hard to believe how chocolatey the reviews were, but they were dead on right.
I was going to wait until autumn to order, but with a mid-May frost in the offing I was glad I didn’t. As stated by Angrboda, the steeped tea is more milky in taste, rather like a cocoa than dark chocolate, with absolutely no bitterness to it. There are vegetal/ grain/ tobacco notes to it to, giving it’s ‘nose’ great depth. I’ve recently come to the blacks after many years of greens and whites and I’m bowled over by the flavor depth here. If you’ve only experienced black tea in the bag. Fasten your seat belts and be prepared for your world to be rocked!
I received this as a lovely sample with my Teavivre order. The dry tea is a very small dark olive, producing a golden green cup. A silky, sweet, hay and honeyed cup, which is reminiscent of a sweeter, softer, less green dragonwell. Not bitter, not flowery, but vegetal and honeylike. Very much enjoyed.
Rolled, balled, with floral and vegetal scent, deep green leaves, unfurl in the cup. Give this fragrant tea time to steep. The scent in the cup is floral but deeper, more like a subtle incense with a vegetal green in the background. A good value