I really like this iced and have been using it to make some of my other greens go farther. It isn’t my favorite on its own but it does the trick.
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Grown at about 1,000 meters in the mountainous Fujian province, tightly rolled leaves and silvery fuzzy buds give this tea its signature shape and name. In the cup, it delivers a soft, fruity sweetness enfolded by a rich smokey note similar to a gunpowder, but more complex and crisp in the finish. A great cup for a green tea novice or those who oppose grassy character.
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Sleeping Dragon GreenSimple Loose Leaf
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Sleeping BeautyAdagio Teas
I gaiwan brewed this tea like I normally do with greens. To me this is a somewhat light and sweet green tea with some depth that is not grassy but unlike the description I would not call it smoky, maybe slightly smoky but light enough that one can miss it. While it was compared to Gunpowder in the description quite honestly I think it is more like a Pi Lo Chun type green tea.
Tasting #1 – Steep Time 2 Minutes
Light roasted aroma is matched by the light roasted flavor.
Tasting #2 – Steep Time 4 Minutes
There is a distinct astringency to this tea now that over powers the roasted flavor and any natural flavors budding from the leaves.
Tasting #3 – Steep Time 6 Minutes
The astringent and the roasted flavors have mellowed out at this point and merged together to create a really mediocre tea.
No notice of roasted flavors, the astringency takes over. Nothing gained, everything loss. A serious disappointment.
Flavors: Astringent, Dry Grass, Roasted
Sleeping dragon is a good name for this tea. There is just a hint of smoke, but it is subtle and rests behind layers of sweetness on a bed of subtle vegetal flavor. The subtlety of the smokey flavor does indeed make me think of a sleeping dragon softly exhaling smoke in his sleep.
It gets little astringent if you let it cool too much, so definitely drink it warm.
Flavors: Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal
I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a blend geek when it comes to teas, so I haven’t gotten a taste of too many high-brow teas. That said, Sleeping Dragon from Adagio was one of my rare excursions into quality tea and I was not disappointed. Gunpowder green is one of my favorite teas from Adagio both on its own and in blends. Sleeping Dragon is a smokier version of this great tea. This has a more toasty, nutty flavor than grassy green, but still lighter and brighter than any black teas. As a fan of hojicha, this is like the perfect union of that roasted nuttiness and the rich greens of gunpowder. Not too strange or challenging but hugely complex. I’m due to brew it again and give you some more adjectives.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Nutty, Roasted, Smoke
First steeping: Mild, slightly vegetal, but sweeter than most greens I’ve had. Definitely requires cooler water (hotter and it gets VERY bitter). Reminds me of a greener version of Ali Shan, but not quite. Not sure if it was me or not but I had this last night and stayed up WAY past my bedtime. I am not usually so affected by tea before bed. Anyone else notice this with this tea? The leaves unfurled are beautiful. Subsequent steeps yielded a much smoother mouthfeel, sweet, and the leaves become prettier each time, I think. I never noticed the purported “smokey” flavour at all. I got about four steeps before the flavour faded. The third was best, in my opinion, for taste at least. Prefer Ali Shan over this. Rating is lower due to the easy-to-obtain bitterness of the tea. Taste-wise, I liked it just fine once brewed perfectly.