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drank Dragonwell by Tea Dynasty
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I passed by the store today, but I only had a few minutes. The sales associate was really knowledgeable! I intended to stay for 2 min, but ended up there atleast ten… making me late *sighs
Anyhow, he let me try a sample of the Grade A dragonwell, and oh boy it was GOOD!! there are very few green teas that will make me swoon, but I will sing this tea’s praises any day.
I think it was the pan-fried part that was so tasty. Roasted teas usually appeal to me. Too bad it was so darn expensive, sheesh!
This nutty, roasty, mild, incredibly smooth brew(among the many others they have) could cause me serious financial woes. I hope there is no such thing as tea rehab, or else I could be in trouble.
oh and the best part, the normal scratchy sensation I get from so many green teas? well I felt the mildest suggestion of it after a few sips, but it was maybe 5% of the scratchiness I get in many jasmine/greens. One day I’ll retire and open up a tea shop somewhere in the city… or maybe just befriend a tea shop owner. Yes, that is the better idea I think!
EDIT: After thinking about it, I really shouldn’t even think about buying a tea like this without a proper gaiwan, but then I have no room in my place to keep one. Perhaps when I move I can have a corner dedicated to tea and a gaiwan (before I meet that tea shop owner, of course)

Daniil

Actually they say green teas are better brewed using glass, so don’t worry about gaiwan (http://goo.gl/fImBx #2 under hints and I swear I read the same thing in some other places :))

As far as the pricing goes, the better the grade of tea is, the more resteepable it’s supposed to be, so you get your value back, but I think it’s definitely an indulgence tea rather than every day brew. I would ask the guy next time to point you to less expensive green teas that would satisfy your Dragonwell craving. There must be something for you with a great price/value combination.

Indigobloom

Glass huh? I have a big pot, but it’s meant for flowering tea. I’ve been meaning to purchase a smaller one… Thanks for the tip Daniil :)
—When I finally manage to cut down on my current supply, I’m going back for a serious tasting session!

Daniil

Well mainly the idea is to see leaves dance, if the glass is high enough it’s really gorgeous. Dragonwell does that especially, leaves constantly go from the bottom of the vessel to the top while standing up straight. It’s a good thing good Dragonwell is hard to oversteep, it’s easy to get carried away watching leaves boogie.

Indigobloom

I can imagine that would be fun to watch.I sometimes watch them steep in my tea master, which is plastic… but I’m sure it would be much crisper in a glass.
I have so many teas at home that should only be enjoyed when one has time… but who has that anymore?! multiple steeps? I just grab n go! It’s a shame, I really enjoy those ones to.

Daniil

I’d assume it’s about the same glass/plastic, except that glass keeps temperature better maybe.
Haha, I try to contain myself from buying a ton of tea, having a small cupboard helps battling my addiction :)

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Daniil

Actually they say green teas are better brewed using glass, so don’t worry about gaiwan (http://goo.gl/fImBx #2 under hints and I swear I read the same thing in some other places :))

As far as the pricing goes, the better the grade of tea is, the more resteepable it’s supposed to be, so you get your value back, but I think it’s definitely an indulgence tea rather than every day brew. I would ask the guy next time to point you to less expensive green teas that would satisfy your Dragonwell craving. There must be something for you with a great price/value combination.

Indigobloom

Glass huh? I have a big pot, but it’s meant for flowering tea. I’ve been meaning to purchase a smaller one… Thanks for the tip Daniil :)
—When I finally manage to cut down on my current supply, I’m going back for a serious tasting session!

Daniil

Well mainly the idea is to see leaves dance, if the glass is high enough it’s really gorgeous. Dragonwell does that especially, leaves constantly go from the bottom of the vessel to the top while standing up straight. It’s a good thing good Dragonwell is hard to oversteep, it’s easy to get carried away watching leaves boogie.

Indigobloom

I can imagine that would be fun to watch.I sometimes watch them steep in my tea master, which is plastic… but I’m sure it would be much crisper in a glass.
I have so many teas at home that should only be enjoyed when one has time… but who has that anymore?! multiple steeps? I just grab n go! It’s a shame, I really enjoy those ones to.

Daniil

I’d assume it’s about the same glass/plastic, except that glass keeps temperature better maybe.
Haha, I try to contain myself from buying a ton of tea, having a small cupboard helps battling my addiction :)

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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