524 Tasting Notes

I finally got brave enough to try this tea sample I had.

I pulled out one of my best china cups added warm water and let it sit to get the salt off of it. Then brewed in hot water. Ulg. Plum vinegar and salt water is all I tasted. Yes, the blossoms are beautiful and I could smell them a bit. But for taste? I couldn’t pick up much flower taste. I couldn’t get past a few sips and had to throw out. It was that bad. This one is definitely an acquired taste and not for me. Glad I got to try it though.

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drank Dragonwell by Min Shan En
524 tasting notes

Okay, looking for my first cup of tea this morning. For me it must be green and it must be really good. I rarely reach for a sample for my first cup just on the off chance it’s not good. I did this morning. Pulled out this one from Liquid Proust. I’ve never had a bad dragonwell so I thought let’s give it a try.

LOVED this dragonwell. The nutty chestnut notes would seem to change in the mouth and release a fruity note along with it. Every cup was heaven. Loved this so much I did a second infusion (something I rarely do with greens) but alas, it’s not the same. 2nd cup is good but no intense chestnut notes or fruity notes at all. In fact the 2nd cup is more typical of some other dragonwells I’ve had with a bit of nuttiness , smooth, & a bit buttery. After getting over my initial disappointment that it wasn’t like the first cup, I really enjoyed the 2nd cup too.

Still, I am giving this a high rating. It’s a rare dragonwell.

Flavors: Chestnut, Fruity

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Finished this one off today. It sure didn’t last long but it was good while I had it!

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I never left a review on this tea? I know I’ve had it awhile and have enjoyed it a few times so I’m surprised I never left a review.

Anyway, I’m enjoying it this afternoon. All that talk of chocolate pu-erh going on got me wanting some dark pu-erh.

I’m not getting much chocolate this afternoon. I know I have in the past from this tea so I figure it’s got to be from later infusions? I guess I will find out soon. Just brewed infusion Number 3. Lets see- sluuuuurp. Yep, it’s getting better.

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So far some of the new 2015 greens I’ve tried from YS have been good but not amazing. I’d say this one was pretty amazing.

Brewed up the aroma had that sweet pea smell/flavor. So good. It came through in the taste as well. Sweet nutty, sweet pea. Yum!

Flavors: Nutty, Peas, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was my morning tea and hubby shared it with me. It gave me a good energy boost. I ended up on a big cleaning spree afterwards.

There was no bitterness in this tea at all. After two quick rinses I brewed 10, 10, 15, 20, 25, 25 , 30

I think my favourite one was the first infusion when I could taste fruity but it was very light. All the infusions were great though with a nice fruity apricot flavour

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Brewed this tea this morning Western style and it tastes pretty weak. I think I need to come up with different brewing parameters for this tea. It smells delicious dry but when brewed it’s a barely there chestnut flavor. Maybe that’s how it should be or it might be because it’s such a new tea. It’s really fluffy too like white tea. I did put more than 1 tbsp. in to compensate for it being a fluffy tea.

I just can’t rate this tea right now until I give it a bit more time and different brewing techniques. Right now though, it’s not one of the greens I love. Just too weak.

Flavors: Chestnut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my very first tea of the day. Well, first REAL tea. I had to fast to get a blood test done this morning and just ate breakfast out having a green tea in a restaurant for the morning. So to me that didn’t really count as a REAL tea.

This tea is delicious. It’s sooo pricey though compared to some other teas at YS.

I brewed it gongfu trying out my new glass gaiwan. The only other gaiwan I had was a tiny one and I wanted a bigger one that could take a little bit more volume. I soon learned that it’s much harder to handle when it’s bigger. The whole thing comes dangerously close to flying apart when I can’t get a good grip on it. I still like it though. It’s nice to see the green leaves through the glass.

This dragonwell is deliciously sweet and nutty with a green bean taste to it. So fresh! Even at the price it is, I would consider getting more of this tea.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet

Stephanie

The price is not bad compared to other pre-Qing Ming dragonwells :)

Ubacat

I haven’t looked around but you’re probably right. YS has good prices.

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.

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