Looking to try some "Dragonwell"
I’m sort of new to green teas and I’ve been wanting to try Dragonwell since it seems to be a very traditional Chinese green tea. I’d like some recommendations for what online tea vendors carry some of the best Dragonwell in your humble opinion. Responses are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
My advise for you is go to Teavivre and give their superfine Long Jing a try it is good and will not break the bank. I say this because if your new to this tea you may not like it. http://www.teavivre.com
They offer samples too.
Now if you wanna move up and pay out more money for more quality then you can move to life in a teacup http://www.lifeinteacup.com
They have a 2012 Pre-Qingming Da Fo (Great Buddha) Long Jing first day harvest for $13.5 for 25grams. So there is some options for you hope that helps you. Good luck
Life In A Teacup is in the middle of a 2 month summer holiday.
Good looking out you can still place an order with them via contact form or e-mail right? Granted your order won’t be shipped til the end of next month in August.
Aloha Nick, I’m launching a curated direct-from-grower tea subscription on Indiegogo. Our first shipment will go out next week and will arrive directly to your door. It will highlight two very unique Dragon Wells that you can not find in the US. I highly recommend that you sign up and try out these teas, I’m sure you will like them. We are doing presales for the service on Indiegogo, check out the campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/tealet?c=home&a=464138
There are other “direct trade” model online sources for you to try as well. Red Blossom tea company, based in S.F., has a wide variety of straight-from-the-source dragon well teas. Also, Seven Cups, based in Tucson, AZ, has two very high quality dragon wells. Their highest quality dragon well, the prized Shi Feng Long Jing, comes from the original long jing cultivar, and is made by a tea master who has been practicing his craft for what sounds like over sixty years. Don’t be fooled by prices: you truly get what you pay for, and this particular dragon well never fails to knock my socks off, never gets bitter, and gives me at least five steepings.
Seven Cups is another great option they also bring the quality.
Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea carries a pretty good Dragonwell (among other things).
I actually think the tins are pretty neat.
I too prefer their tins to almost any classic design. Hav never had the tea though!
Wow I disagree completely – I see their tins as creative, artistic and high quality design. Obviously, it’s just my opinion.
Hopefully I don’t get dogged for this but, I actually ended up buying some Dragonwell from my local Wegman’s. I don’t expect it to be the highest quality but maybe better than Teavana’s Dragonwell?
If the tea you bought is Rishi Tea’s dragonwell then it’s actually a decent choice. But really my biggest recommendation would be Teavivre’s premium grade dragonwell. Either way, it’s important that you use a low temperature (around 170 degrees fahrenheit) and a short steeping time (1-1.5 minutes) to bring out the best flavor in dragonwell. It’s a delicate tea.
This is true, unless you get a dragon well that is super high quality, like something from Red Blossom or Seven Cups. A tea of this caliber requires a slightly higher water temperature, 180-185 degrees, and a longer steeping time, two minutes or more. You don’t have to worry about these teas getting bitter, since they were picked before the sun allowed them to develop catechins.
I hope to try one of the very high quality ones someday soon.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Luckily, if you save up for it, technology makes it very easy to come by. Just go to sevencups.com or redblossomtea.com, shop their teas online, and they will be delivered to your doorstep, usually within a week. Here’s some links to make it even easier, some eye candy, at least:
The Tao of Tea makes wonderful handcrafted teas. They carry a lovely Dragonwell Green tea but unfortunately, it is currently out of stock. Most Dragonwell are exceptional teas. They also offer a green tea sampler pack which includes Dragonwell.
Hand Crafted Green Teas