Dream About Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

93

My favorite black tea. Sweet, spicy, smooth, lovely.

Teaman

That’s a pretty strong endorsement. I’m a yunnan gold fan and so this peaks my interest. I’ve had a fair number of golden yunnans from various places and some are good, some not, and a few really good. Emporer’s Gold from Tao of Tea is my favorite by far. I’m wondering how it compares with this one. Have you compared this one with other sources?

Lainie Petersen

I have tried some other sources, Ineeka’s is really good, as is Narien’s. Both are different enough from this one such that I have a hard time saying one is “better”. I will say that I prefer this Yunnan Gold, though!

Teaman

Chicagoland sure has sources I’ve not heard of. May have to check them out sometime. Thanks for the recommends!

MKstuder

Nice, Lainie. I have a tiny sample of Yunnan from Teas Etc. that I haven’t tried yet. I’ll look for the qualities you mention.

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70

Rich floral flavors, creamy body. Yum.

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79

Still yummy, I actually think a bit of age improves it.

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79

This most recent batch is a bit more roasted than others, but the peachy quality emerges quite nicely after the first couple of steeps. Delicious.

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79
Veri-Tea

Yes, I was thinking that about the name…

LENA

lol…the name certainly made me do a double take!

takgoti

HAHA! “Keep Hairy Crab cool and dry away from direct sun light and other spices.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I would laugh every time I saw this tea if I had it, I think.

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79

The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. Love the peach and floral notes. Rich, smooth liquor. Luxurious.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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79

Deliciously peachy flavored oolong (there is no peach flavor added, the tea just naturally taste of peaches). Better than I remember!

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71

A nice inexpensive cooked pu’erh: Very smooth with none of the “paint stripper” quality that some cheap cooked pu’erhs can have. Whiff of the barnyard, plus a bit of chocolate. Good stuff, and the little bricks are fun.

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74

A lovely floral oolong. Second steep even better than first, richer, fuller,etc. Wonderful big leaves. A definite keeper

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

2 min isn’t long for a 2nd steep…

Carolyn

Does it taste fishy (or crabby)?

Jillian

The name makes me think of a giant, furry crab climbing out of a pot of tea. XD

Marlena

No fishy, no crabby, no seaweed to hide in and no hairs! Great name, though

Carolyn

Interesting.

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91

The Final Sipdown: Day 15.4

Drat. I was hoping to do a proper Showdown, until I compared steep two of Specifically Tea’s Lung Ching and was met by astringency. It’s very light, mind you, but it’s there. Glancing over Jillian’s logs, I see that I should have, perhaps, gone for the third steep, but there ain’t nothing that can be done because I’ve thrown the leaves out already to make way for this guy. Showdown fail.

But we must move on, because this tea deserves a proper send off.

Dragonwell has been a historically light tea for me, and this one is no exception. Light doesn’t mean without complexity, thankfully, and so I find myself having to pull away from distraction and concentrate on what’s happening in this cup.

This tea has managed to retain its flavor even though it’s been about a year since I drank it. One of those teas I was holding off on finishing because it was so tasty, but didn’t get purchased for reason x, y, or 72.

Drinking this, even warm, is simply refreshing. The flavors seep into my tongue in a breezy, carefree manner. A saltiness rounded off by a complimentary leafy sugary flavor almost reminiscent of a particularly sweet bite of iceberg lettuce. A flavor that softly hints at roasted pine nuts adds warmth and depth to what would be approaching a crystalline flavor profile. The aftertaste, almost tasteless but with just a touch of flavor to remind you that something was there, feels clean.

These two dragonwells are so similar, yet when given the amount of attention they demand present enough differences to make them both worthy of a space in the cupboard. I’m going to have to remedy the near absence of delicious dragonwells in my stash. And soon.

In the meantime, I will simply be grateful for the fact that I was kindly introduced to two different varieties of this lovely tea by Steepsterites. In the interest of marking their brief presence in my tea drinking experience, and also inspired by the onset of holiday goodness in our house, I leave you with a picture.

http://flic.kr/p/8WGW5L

Teas Downed: 28

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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91

This tea initiated my tea swap with Carolyn, because I’d been having such a crappy time of trying out Dragonwell. Let me say that if this is how Dragonwell is supposed to taste, either I was doing something horribly wrong before or this one is simply far superior. I’m going to have to revisit Tavalon’s Dragonwell and maybe, if I’m feeling brave, I’ll try Adagio’s again.

Carolyn mentioned in her review that this has a nutty scent to it, and that’s what I smell, too. The nutty aspect is absent in the taste for me, though.

Dragonwell Spring is light, smooth, clean and overall very refreshing. It’s got a sweet edge to it that seems chlorophyll-like, but it doesn’t read like a grassy tea to me. I can’t really relate the taste it has to…anything. Not anything that’s not pretty abstract anyway. So I’m going to try to explain what this tastes like to me.

It makes me think of those days during the summer when you come in from running around or doing yard work or whatever and you are HOT and DEHYDRATED. So you grab a glass and gulp down water like you’ve been in a desert for a week and holy H2O, Batman, water has never tasted SO GOOD before. It’s cool and quenching and it almost tastes sweet. It’s like in books, when they talk about characters arriving at springs and drinking from it. This tea makes me think of the way that they describe how that water tastes.

It also reminds me of the citron teas that I’ve been trying, but without the citron. It’s breezy and subtle, but at the same time very much present. Soothing and relaxing. I really like this tea. The aftertaste has a lingering, almost nectar-y sweetness to it. If I were drinking it blind, I’d almost think it was a white tea, but it’s got a smidge more oomph. I can see it becoming my default tea for when I want something simple, bright, and without a lot of flavor.

So thanks, Carolyn, for turning me around to Dragonwell. It makes me a little sad to think that I almost gave up on it because this is pretty fantastic. Lesson learned.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Everyone’s been drinking Dragonwell lately. I think I might have to pick some up myself.

Carolyn

I find it deeply strange that a tea can taste so good when bought from one company and so bad when bought from another even when it shares the name. This happens over and over. I am beginning to believe that there are evil tea fairies who switch the tea with something base before they send it to merchants who have displeased them in some way.

It has confirmed in me the idea that the true mission in tea hunting is not to find out what you like, but to find someone who sells tea that you can trust utterly. I think Dream About Tea is that sort of merchant. I wish, wish, wish I lived in Chicago and could visit his shop regularly.

kat I think now I wanna go check out Dream about Teas…SO vital to have great quality, ya know. I’m glad u like it! Thanks for the referral!
takgoti

@Ricky It would seem that way. I’ve seen a ton of Dragonwell reviews, too. Get it while it’s hot, I guess! [I’ve only tried three, but this is easily the best one.]

@Carolyn I know! Those companies clearly have people making good choices behind them. Samovar is one of those companies for me. Rishi is becoming one. And if this is any indication of what Dream About Tea’s inventory is like, they’re going to be one as well.

@kat No worries, it’s all thanks to Carolyn, really. She visited their shop when she was out in Chicago. Now I’m going to have to order from them.

Carolyn

When you do order from them, ask them to send you a bit of their Yunnan Chi Tse Beeng Puerh (Spring Bud). It is to die for. Or you could wait for me to figure out how I’m going to get a full beeng of this and I’ll send you a bit of that to try.

takgoti

There is a reason why I heart you.

I’ll see how my ordering goes this month. I’ll let you know if I decide to put one through sooner rather than later, but otherwise I’d love a bit. Anything else of their’s you’d recommend?

Jillian

Damn, now I totally regretting that my sample of Dragonwell from Specifically Tea is gone. :(

Carolyn

I’ve only had three of their teas. Their Jasmine pearls are marvelous but since I’ve never actually had a bad version of Jasmine pearls I’m not sure that it’s special enough to send you to them for. The other two are definitely special enough.

takgoti

@Jillian Bummer!

@Carolyn Good to know. I’ve already got two that I like, but I saw your 100 on it and I thought, hmm…maybe these are magic. I’ll take a look through what else they have and see if anything catches my eye.

thebrianlange

Awesome review, I’ll have to stock up on some of this next time I’m over there!

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