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There is an immediate burst of rich nuttiness as the thick, brothy liquor coats the mouth, followed by a sweet vegetal flavor that takes over and gradually reveals an unexpected floral note. This is the first Dragon Well that has truly impressed me. It is bold, smooth, and an absolute delight.
First reviewed tea from Liquid Proust’s 2016 Group Buy.
Well, I’m just going to go ahead and review this since I decided to throw the whole 10g sample into my 200ml Gaiwan without any hesitation; which 4:00 a.m. mornings and hyper children do to one’s mind without napping.
Anyway, I’m currently on steep 7 or 8. I’ve been distracted drinking this, and not writing down each steep; therefore, this review is mostly focused on this steep currently. Sweet cocoa, honey, and malt notes throughout. The maltiness of this tea lingers on tongue after the tea is consumed, but it’s nice. Very nice mouthfeel. It’s a rich and smooth brew, and quite tasty as an afternoon tea.
I might get more of this for my last semester of classes! It’d be a great tea for the two hour course, and nice to brew a lot, since I drink so much during a lecture. I’d even give this a go for the afternoon shift at the Y. So, with that said, I rate this highly.
YUM! This tea tastes so much of sweet potato (which I noticed especially on the second and third steepings) that I’m wondering if I should sweeten it with brown sugar and marshmallows, lol. It goes excellently with milk and sugar, in any case. :)
(So . . . apparently I like sweet potato notes in my tea? That seems to be the gist of this.)
This tea has a really amazing sweet/cinnamon aftertaste, also not as floral as green Oolongs and also a bit thicker. Has really rich honey/caramel flavor with along with a sort of wood flavors that turn to cinnamon. This one was just really pleasant to drink, also quite complex so its never boring.
This is definitely one of the teas that shows me how much more I enjoy more oxidized or roasted Oolongs.
Flavors: Caramel, Cedar, Cinnamon, Medicinal, Roasted
This tea reminded me of some old leather shoe left in a dry dusty basement fused with some soggy wet wood. The description states that this tea is an aquired taste and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I feel that going to the forest and scooping up a random patch of dirt will bring me similar results.
Though I’m going to persist to see if it brings any more flavours in the subsequent rounds.
Flavors: Leather, Musty, Wet Wood
The first thing I notice with this tea is just how amazing the leaves look, they are nicely shaped and quite light and fuzzy. This tea has a nice woody aroma with a hint of sweetness. The tea brews up pretty light and has a really pleasant grassy flavor with a woody/sweet finish. Overall I really enjoyed this tea but perhaps I could of brewed it for longer as it was a tad light for my taste.
Flavors: Cedar, Fruity, Grass, Wood
Syrupy and thick on the tongue, and possessing a beautifully mellow quality without a trace of bitterness. There is a slightly acidic earthiness at first, but an indistinct sweetness takes over soon after and unfolds into cherry cobbler and honey, lingering on these lovely notes for quite some time. Delicious, and my current favorite among What-Cha’s Georgian teas.
This tea has such an incredible robustness and richness of flavor that its lack of complexity doesn’t matter. It offers an up front burst of dark malt and unsweetened cocoa with staying power and depth, but also a slight bitterness. Very satisfying, and the first tea I would suggest to a coffee drinker.