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This is a really interesting green tea, mainly because it doesn’t really taste all that much like a green tea. The flavour is more like the lightest of black teas, or perhaps the strongest of white teas. There’s a definite thread of astringency running through it, though, so it’s important to treat it as the green tea that it is when you brew it.
This is a really individual tea. I can’t think of another green tea that’s anything much like it at all.
Revisited this old friend last night. This was one of the first flavoured green teas I ever tried, years ago, and it still has a place in my cupboard. The honey sets off the sencha really well, giving a sweet, smooth flavour, and makes this tea more forgiving than unflavoured sencha if you happen to steep it for a minute or two longer than intended.
I was pretty sure that this dragonwell is the same as the one I used to get from Teas & Tisanes, but I’m a bit disappointed with my first cup of this one. It’s not nearly as subtle as the dragonwell from The Tea Centre that I had the other day, but it’s also lacking in the strength of flavour that I used to get from the Teas & Tisanes dragonwell. I think I’ll have another go at brewing this one, maybe steeping a fraction longer – this time I steeped for two minutes at 70C – before making up my mind about it.
This produces a liquor that’s a lot darker than many other green teas, and a medium brown in colour rather than yellow. Has an astringent note to it that left an aftertaste that I wasn’t too keen on. I think next time I’ll try it at a slightly lower temperature and with a shorter steeping time than is recommended on the tin and see if I like it better.
A pleasant white tea, delicate and sweet but with nothing about it that makes it really stand out from other decent white teas. The first pot was steeped for a couple of minutes in water at 68C. The second pot was steeped for significantly longer – almost ten minutes – in water at 82C; it had a stronger flavour and I liked it better.
Just trying this one out in the kyuusu, water at 70C and steeping for two and a half minutes. This is such a lovely, smooth tea, one of my very favourite greens and incrediblly easy to drink – and with that lovely honey scent. It’s worked out very well in the kyuusu, but I think I’ll play around with it a bit more and maybe use just slightly hotter water next time.
The leaves are silvery and possess the distinctive curly shape, and they brew up into a yellow-brown liquid that reminds me a lot of white peony/pai mu tan. The taste also reminds me a lot of a good loose-leaf pai mu tan. The aftertaste gets progressively more bitter as you get to the end of the pot; I found the second steeping a lot more gentle. This is a green tea that will definitely appeal to lovers of white tea.