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This was the tea that initiated my swap with Jillian and what a great tea it is! I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I didn’t even get to the third steep [I am almost loathed to admit that I only did one on this go round, but Jillian was kind enough to include enough for a few more rounds].

To reiterate, this tea is GOOD. It’s got very substantial, rounded flavor. Not a hint of bitterness to it, subtly salty enough to make it feel a bit savory, a sweet, equally subtle, grassiness to make it interesting, and a delicious nuttiness finishing out the profile. I also didn’t find any smokiness on this Dragonwell, which I didn’t find myself missing terribly.

The notes dance around each other in a very cohesive fashion. This isn’t a tea where I pick out different flavors as they rush forward and then ebb away; it’s one where I find the flavors distinct, and yet they’re all playing at the same time.

I’m really excited to try multiple steeps on this tea, and as I find myself thinking about it even though I drank it a while ago, I think that may need to happen tomorrow. This definitely has possibilities of meeting or even surpassing my current favorite Dragonwell. It is complex, and yet those complexities melt into a very well-constructed whole. Thanks so much, Jillian!

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Yay, I’m glad you liked it. I was a little bit worried when you said how much you disliked Adagio’s version. ;)

takgoti

Hah, this tea doesn’t read to me like Adagio’s at all. If I could get Adagio’s to taste like this I’d buy a big tin.

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Jillian

Yay, I’m glad you liked it. I was a little bit worried when you said how much you disliked Adagio’s version. ;)

takgoti

Hah, this tea doesn’t read to me like Adagio’s at all. If I could get Adagio’s to taste like this I’d buy a big tin.

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