14 Tasting Notes
The Jade Dragon Mao Feng’s color is very light and has a vegetal taste, so if you aren’t a fan of that kind of flavor, stay away. Drinking it invokes a feeling of gently waking up on a sunny spring morning. There is a pleasant aftertaste and it almost feels refreshing. It also seems to be more delicate than other green teas I have encountered. The leaves are long and unwieldy; it’s a bit of a challenge to get an exact teaspoon amount when brewing. I make sure to steep the tea for about 3:30-4:00 minutes on a second steep for maximum replication of the taste, and I have never brewed a third cup for fear of severe dilution.
This is easily one of the best and pure-tasting green teas I have had. I am quite disappointed that Teavana has elected to remove this tea from their collection. I made sure to purchase a couple of pounds from their clearance section.
A robust tea that makes one think of leather and smoke. But don’t let it frighten you off; it’s got plenty of heart. This tea is full of gruff flavor between the pu erh dante and gunpowder. The hazelnut is faint among the presence of the other two teas, but the blend is comforting in a way that reminds you of curling up in your father’s armchair, wrapped in a well worn flannel shirt.
Flavors: Leather, Smoke
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While the novelty of the name/inspiration amused me, the ingredients are what sold me on making the purchase. Now I can’t imagine NOT having this tea in a permanent spot within my cupboard. The almond makes it sweet enough without needing to add any sugar, the soft yet warm cinnamon notes linger with every aftertaste, and the black assam steadies the entire cup. I prefer just a splash of milk in my morning tea, but have also happily sipped on a pure black cup of it as well. I cannot recommend this blend highly enough!
Finally got around to trying this sample! Upon opening the package, it immediately brought to mind caramel candies! After steeping, I could smell the roasted mate at the forefront. I added a little sugar in the raw and a tiny bit of milk (again with the caramel candy vibe, I felt it needed a ‘creamy’ texture).
It’s definitely not terrible. By the second cup, it’s grown on me. It also isn’t likely to be one I’ll order in the future.