538 Tasting Notes
1st steep (3 sec.): Amazingly fragrant steep. This time it tastes of sesame, pepper, and very light hint of caramel.
2nd steep (4 sec): Wow, it is much darker this time! This cuppa was so smooth! It had a very creamy taste and the sesame really died down. Mainly tasted of burnt sugar.
I’ve had 4 more steeps so far and they were all similar to the above. This is a wonderful, long lasting, and complex tea. A really great tea for people new to plain blacks.
Thanks Teavivre for the sample! I love the shape of dragonwell tea. This tea smells of young spring greens and peas. I love that crisp taste and smell that green teas have. I’ve been drinking mainly blacks and oolongs so this is a nice departure. I brewed this for 2 min. and it is very clear with light yellow hints.
Oh wow, this is such a good tea! The taste is bright, smooth, and just a bit nutty. I’m surprised by the mouthfeel of this one. It is much thicker tasting than I would suspect from such a light tea. I can understand why so many people love dragonwell! This one is a superb example of this type of tea. I would suggest it to tea newcomers and green tea enthusiasts alike.
I know that the reviews are pretty half and half on this. I think that this tea would be slightly better if they had added a black tea to anchor this blend. It is pretty flavorful and chocolaty to boot, but a bit thin. I have cut just about all chocolate/general snacks out of my diet at this point, so I drink this for fun. I have a whole lot of it so it’s good I love it!
I saw someone on here saying talking about loud sipping in China; so I tried it today and for some crazy reason, it does taste more flavorful. I can’t tell if it’s all in my head or what! It’s still pretty early, but I’ll be doing this more.
I love this tea. It is perfect for nighttime and has notes of spice, coconut,and an overall creamy flavor. It reminds me a lot of colas. The cardamom is very prominent in this blend. I love this one blended with the Fig Rose tea as well. ahhh.
Today is my final for Geology, so wish me luck!
This is such a good milk oolong! It is super flavorful, unique, and easy to make. I love how powerful this one is. You really don’t need very much to make a cuppa; which I really like. This milk oolong is far less floral than other varieties that I’ve tried. This tea lends itself to at least 4-5 steepings, even at the 3min. steeps I’ve been doing with it. This is on my must try list for new tea people.
I feel awful that I haven’t been around lately. But that seems to be how it is during finals! I’ve still been drinking plenty of tea so I will probably be back soon.
I got this during the winter clearance sale and I got it for such a steal! They ended up giving me much more than what I think they anticipated.
This is actually a really solid dan cong; too bad they aren’t offering it anymore. When steeped under Teavana’s parameters, the liquor is a darker brown/yellow color than other dan congs. It is instantly sweet, mainly a honey flavor at that. The roasted notes are much lighter today than I can remember them. This first steep does not really produce the rock flavors that I was hoping for, but that could be that my water was slightly cooler.
Overall, this was a really good plain/unflavored tea. I think it’s a shame that Teavana doesn’t focus as much on plain teas at a competitive price. I think that David’s milk oolong is comparatively good and it is much cheaper.
So I only have 3 of these left!
Overall I haven’t been too impressed by it. Some steeps have really captured the tart, pineapple and floral goodness that is this tea. Others were light, vegetal, and too subtle to warrant such a high price.
The bloom itself is beautiful. I am steeping this in a small, ~6oz. teapot. I think that this tea is much better if you use a smaller vessel to brew and use slightly higher temps. This time I got a light yellow brew that smells mainly of pineapple. It is pretty dang good on this steep, so I hope I can keep it up!
So this is my #1 most favorite plain black tea. It really isn’t much of a contest as it is regularly a type of tea I actively avoid. This tea smells and looks wonderful when dry. It has lots of barley/chocolate/subtle spice notes when dry. The flavors of the liquor are very similar to the dry smell. It is extremely tasty and reminds me more of an oolong than a black tea. I got more vegetal flavors this time, but they are very light. I was brewing this in a more western style and may have gone over the intended 4 min. but this has added a very interesting layer to the tea’s complexity. It is lacking in any bitterness. The extra long steep seems to have brought out this kind of crunchy-type bread quality pretty aggressively. It’s pretty interesting and I did not experience it on any of my other steeps.
Oh! It is almost sesame. That’s the descriptor I was searching for.
I never really care for plain blacks. But this? I could be a convert. Dry, this smells of dark chocolate and looks spindly, curled, and honestly? Beautiful. This tastes wonderful! Thick, cocoa-esque, barley, and just, does not really remind me of any other blacks I’ve tried. This tea has a very interesting mouthfeel.
I love this tea. More notes later!