Spring 2020 harvest. Grandpa steeped 1.4g in my 10oz tea thermos @ ~180 F.

Yum, this was a really good dragonwell. A lot better than the first flush version of the same tea.

I knew it was going to be good as soon as I opened the pouch and took a whiff: rich, creamy aromas of sweet pea and matcha that linger in the nose. The flavor was buttery smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Spinach and radicchio on the first sip with a touch of pine-like minerality in the finish.

This tea has held up remarkably well given how late I received it. I can only imagine how incredible it must have been when it was fresh.

Flavors: Asparagus, Lettuce, Mineral, Peas, Pine, Smooth, Spinach

180 °F / 82 °C 10 OZ / 295 ML

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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