Dream About Tea

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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.

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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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Very nice, wine-y, tea. Not too astringent. Best with gong fu preparation.

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205 °F / 96 °C

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Sweetly fragrant with a slight nutty vegetal scent with floral overtones. It brews up into a pale yellow golden liquid. The taste is a warm nutty vegetal that is very pleasant. I can see accepting this as a tribute tea.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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The first Iron Goddess of Mercy I have liked and it’s lovely, mouth fillingly sweet and floral, but not at all cloying. It has a touch of vegetal to keep it grounded. Warms you for a while, right down to your tum.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I woke up this morning from a dream about this beautiful golden tea and realized that I longed for it. I pointed out to my bed-warmed self that I always drink black first thing in the morning and if I didn’t do that, where would my caffeine come from? But something in me longed for this tea. So I am now warming my hands and sniffing the honey-apricot scent of this in wonder. It is a very light tea. As I recall, subsequent steeps bring about stronger sweeter tastes, so I will continue with this tea today.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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When I visited Dream About Tea in Chicago I asked the proprietor for advice about Pu-erh. I told him that I hadn’t found any I truly liked and that they upset my stomach. He asked what I had tried and so I told him the most recent experiment Tuocha: Camel’s Breath. He told me that Tuocha is made with broken leaves and that I would likely enjoy full leafed pu-erhs better. This rang so true for me I felt like slapping myself for not realizing it. Afterall, I prefer full leaf teas of every other sort of tea, why not pu-erh? I asked him for a recommendation for a beginner pu-erh tea and he showed me this one.

I rinsed it with hot water and then brewed it for 30 seconds (as per directions found on the web). Brewed up it smells like a combination of honey, light sweet fruits and apricot. The taste is very light, though that may be due to the 30 second brew time. I am looking forward to the second steeping which I may do a longer steep. There is no bitterness, no compost like taste. Just a sweet good tea. I really like this one.

Second Steeping: 45 seconds this time. It has stronger notes of honey and apricots.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I wish I wasn’t in stingy-mode for another whole month. I have zero pu-ehr and I desperately want some. You didn’t make it better with this post just now!

Carolyn

This is just an amazing tea. It doesn’t taste like any other pu-erh I’ve tried.

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Lovely nutty fragrance and a pale yellow green liquor. The fragrance translates into the taste beautifully. It is a delightful tea with low levels of vegetal taste and no bitterness. Very calming and beautiful. Definitely a buy-again tea.

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Dream About Tea
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Backlogging from Chicago trip:

One of the best teas I’ve ever had. The fragrance was perfect and simply inhaling the tea as it cooled brought pleasure to my senses. Drinking the tea was excellent as well. Even my beloved who thinks he hates teas loved this one.

A note on the tea shop: It was excellent. The proprietor is knowledgeable and very helpful. It is a great sadness to me that I couldn’t spend more time there.

takgoti

I want to say that we don’t really have a lot of tea shop/cafes around here besides Starbucks and Caribou and Starbucks and Starbucks [and I’m lukewarm on all of those], but that’s probably not true. I’ve gotten so used to just getting stuff sent and making things here and my version of “going out” has consisted of going to friends houses lately. I’d honestly forgotten that you can go out to legit places and physically get tea. I guess I’ll have to venture into DC soon. Though maybe not until the semester’s over. This means that it’s time for research. Google, here I come!

Carolyn

We do not have anything like this Chinese tea shop here in Memphis. That’s why it was such a treat to go to Dream About Tea. One of my friends describes “Tea Touring” in her tea blog and I am always so envious to read about cities that have good tea shops where one can actually try the tea as it was meant to be brewed and hear from knowledgeable people.

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Light, sweet and fresh tasting. Really hits the spot.

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This is my evening tonic, brewed up with a bit of chrysanthemum. It is a medicinal dose, really, and I recommend multiple short steeps because it is so bitter, but damn…I do feel better when I drink this stuff regularly.

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Yes it is rather bitter (try multiple short steeps to deal with this) but it does make me feel a lot better. This is what I drink every night before bedtime.

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