Frog Park Herbs

Recent Tasting Notes

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I am having the very last of my dragonwell tea with my fiance today. I did figure out how to brew it correctly and it is nice and buttery. I am going to miss this tea. I didn’t realize how good it was when I randomly picked it up on a whim in the folk festival.

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Finally, I am brewing this right again! My mom’s kettle is easier to use because it is louder. Of course, it is also nicer when I am brewing in a spot that doesn’t have a drink machine running in a small kitchen. I used a little bit more leaf at three minutes with water that just started to make the kettle make a noise. When I poured the tea, I could smell butter wafting out of the cup. And it tastes nice and buttery smooth too. This is why I fell in love with this tea. So tasty!

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Backlog #9 (and last one): I had a craving for this tea for several days before I gave in and made some. I don’t know what I did to this the first time I brewed it, but I can’t seem to get the rich buttery-taste back. I got the water temperature right this time though and it was smooth and tasted a little slick to my tongue. I have had this for going almost on a year now. Maybe it is just getting old. Either way, I am going to finish up these leaves (because they are tasty) and then look for another dragonwell to try.

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Backlog #4: I made some of this tea after ranting about how it tasted like butter the last time I made it. I got the water a little bit too hot because I couldn’t hear my kettle, but it was still pretty good. My friend Emily liked it too. I am introducing her to tea.

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I have been craving this tea since yesterday, but I was too tired to make it yesterday because of my writer’s conference. Now it is officially over and I have both time and energy to make tea.

I think I lost track of time when making my water. It is slightly hotter than the last time I made it. I also steeped it for slightly longer because I am bad at keeping track of time today.

The buttery creaminess is still present, but only slightly. I think I might be able to get another steep out of these leaves with cooler water and a slightly longer time. I’m being experimental.

Second Steep

I let it go for four minutes instead of three this time. I’m not sure if it will get any flavor out of the leaves or not, but that is what I am going to find out. The color is light yellow now instead of the clarified butter shade of yellow.

At first it has that nice light green taste to it, but then it has a really rough after taste on the back of your throat. Really drying even though it has a register of smooth butter for a brief second.

Moral of the story: pay attention to my water and time when steeping this tea. I will have a better cup next time.

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I decided to try this again. This time I took the kettle off of the burner when it just started to make the slightest bit of noise. I kept the leaf the same and only did 3 minutes or so for the steep time.

The liquor is still golden, but it reminds me more of clarified butter than sunshine. The aroma is gentler. I still smell a light scent of fresh cut grass. It is a lovely smell though.

The biggest thing that changed was the taste. Wow! What was first very grassy and dewy changed to be slightly sweet. It reminds me more of honeysuckle. Barely there and sweet. It is really smooth and tastes slick on my tongue. The more I sip on it, the more I get an almost buttery taste. Especially if I just let it linger in my mouth before I swallow.

This is just so different from any of the green teas I have ever experienced. I really taste butter now. It is freaking me out a little bit, but I think I like it.

Ok, after it cooled down a little bit the butter mellowed out from the initial taste. Now it is just a slight aftertaste on the sides of my tongue. I still feel like I should be drinking this with pancakes.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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I got this tea last summer when I got my little red tea pot. I made one pot of it and liked it, but I haven’t made it since. It is time to break into it again. The leaves are large and they have been unfolding as it brewed. It looks a lot like plant leaves now, which is to be expected because tea comes from a plant. I used three teaspoons because I wasn’t sure how strong to make it. I’ll find out with this batch.

I always expect green tea to be bright green when it is brewed, so I am always surprised when it takes on a nice golden tone instead. It smells, well, green. Ok, I can do better than that. It smells sweet and like early morning dew. And this is where it becomes apparent that I have not had a lot of green tea. It tastes like grass.

Grass is good. I like grass. I don’t know what I was expecting. The dried leaves smelled minty, so I guess I was expecting mint. It isn’t bad. I know how to describe it better now. It tastes like you went out and rolled down a grassy hill early in the morning right after a light sprinkling of rainfall. Grassy, smooth, dewy, and with a little bit of bitter aftertaste. This would be better if I brewed it and then stuck it in my glass bottle to have after or with meals. Especially after a bigger meal.

I think I might just try two teaspoons next time though. Or be brave and only try one teaspoon. I might not need more than one since the flavor is getting more intense as I reach the end of my cup. I think I am getting a little bit more of a minty taste now too as it cools down a little bit. The type of mint that is only slightly minty and makes your gums tingle. Very pleasant.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I steep my DragonWell teas at 175F for about three minutes. That might give you a much smoother cuppa! Mine comes out downright creamy-buttery-luscious!

MegWesley

That is good to know. I will try that next time.

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