Dragonwell

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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  • “I feel like there is a monster sitting in my chest... Ugh I got very little sleep last night, having the same recurring dream all night long. Woke up probably a million times. I usually don't get...” Read full tasting note
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    Kamyria 125 tasting notes
  • “This is my very first Dragonwell, and I'm not sure whether I should expect most other Dragonwells to taste like this or to try others. It's quite vegetal, for which I don't particularly care. I...” Read full tasting note
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    fjellrev 757 tasting notes
  • “Again with the sourness. I guess my theory was wrong *shrugs* This was ok. A little too vegetal for me. I had a busy day at work and ended up forgetting about the second steep of this... The...” Read full tasting note
    indigobloom 1296 tasting notes
  • “Drinking a rather large pot of this at the moment. I'm trying to get rid of some of my tea before my other orders get here so I'm adding an extra cup or two to the pot! I do enjoy this tea. It's a...” Read full tasting note
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    kalmal 786 tasting notes

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Watered by rain from a local dragon, brewed by a Chinese emperor for his ailing mother, and honoured as the Qing Dynasty’s Imperial tea, Dragonwell is surrounded by lore. Imitators abound, but our Dragonwell is the real thing, grown and processed in China’s West Lake Region. The leaves are hand plucked and meticulously pressed in a hot wok over and over until the ideal temperature, shape, and flavour are reached. Perfection in every cup. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Green tea from West Lake Region, Hangzhou area, Zhejiang province, China.

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53 Tasting Notes

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125 tasting notes

I feel like there is a monster sitting in my chest… Ugh I got very little sleep last night, having the same recurring dream all night long. Woke up probably a million times. I usually don’t get sick so I’m not proud of myself for succumbing to whatever this is… a monster… that’s what.

Need to drink something light and soothing so I thought of Dragonwell. I haven’t had it in a while so I welcome the yummy vegetal and buttery flavour… This one never disappoints. :)

__Morgana__

Ack! Get some rest and drink lots of tea!

caile

Hope you’re feeling better now!

Yvonne

Feel better! ♥

Kamyria

thanks guys! I’m on self imposed rest this afternoon… Feet up, book in hand, tea beside me on the table… :)

JustJames

oh dear, feel better, stay hydrated!

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757 tasting notes

This is my very first Dragonwell, and I’m not sure whether I should expect most other Dragonwells to taste like this or to try others. It’s quite vegetal, for which I don’t particularly care. I prefer toasty greens like genmaicha and hojicha, personally.

It also leaves a dry sensation on the tongue, kind of like what hibiscus does for me. The second steep is basically a slightly lighter version of the first. Not the flavour profile I’m looking for in a green.

CrowKettle

David’s Dragonwell is the driest I’ve come across by a big degree. I’m not sure this is a common trait.

Fjellrev

Weird, guess I shouldn’t write off Dragonwells entirely then. Have you tried Silk Road’s? Almost bought that one first instead.

OMGsrsly

I just got this the other day, but haven’t tried it yet. I really like the one Butiki uses, but I’ve only had theirs flavoured.

Fjellrev

I think I got some of her Grapefruit Dragon in our order? I’m curious how the base compares to this.

OMGsrsly

Butiki’s is like butter. I like this one, but the texture does not compare.

CrowKettle

I had Silk Road’s Dragonwell back in September. All I can recall about it is I liked it better than David’s, even though I flunked the steep and I got some bitterness from it. I don’t think I found it particularly buttery or sweet, but it was nutty and might of had a toasty element. Don’t take my word for that though.

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1296 tasting notes

Again with the sourness. I guess my theory was wrong shrugs
This was ok. A little too vegetal for me. I had a busy day at work and ended up forgetting about the second steep of this…
The teaopia version is much toastier, and less nausea causing. Meh. I’m biased, being a lover of toastedness so I’ll not rate this one now!

Well I am off to Florida for two weeks. See y’all in 2012!! and Merry Christmas everyone!!! (Or Hannukah/Kwanzaa/whatever you celebrate!!)

Ellyn

Safe Travels! Enjoy the warm weather!

LiberTEAS

Have fun!

Indigobloom

thanks Ellyn and LiberTeas!xx

Stephanie

…and Happy Festivus!!! :) Have a safe trip!

cteresa

First steep does not count with Dragon well. First steep is never ever the best. That being said, never tried this blend or even this blender so no idea if it´s a good dragonwell tea, but just ya know defending it a bit, because first steep is well, not good with dragonwell teas ( the 2nd, oh yeah, 3rd and 4th yes, and I usually just keep adding water till it´s no longer awesome)

Indigobloom

Oh I agree Cteresa!! I need to buy a gaiwan and try it at home that way.
David’s tea tends to have great tea, but I’ve noticed that their straight blends are not quite what I expect :)
Hehe yes, Happy Festivus to you as well Stephanie!! x

TeaBrat

Sometimes green tea makers me nauseated too. I’ve learned that making it weaker usually helps….

Ryan Freed

Happy holidays!!! I agree, green tea if steeped to long or too vegetal is bitter and makes me nauseous. I almost always prefer green tea cold, its very refreshing.

Camiah

Oooh! Where in Florida are you going? I live here, so it isn’t nearly as exotic (warm Christmases just aren’t right, let me tell you). I hope you have a wonderful time here!

Amariel

Have fun in Florida! I used to live in Orlando.

cteresa

I do not bother with a gaiwan, just my normal little teapot, and seriosly decent-ish dragonwell, just put lots of leaves, just a smidgeon more than you think is right, and not too hot water. First steep is bah, whatever, the next ones just keep the hot water in for as long as you want – and it is sort of magic. (but yeah, I am a barbarian that I do not fuss too much with it, but dragonwell is indeed sort of magic even for barbarians like me. Though first steep sort of sucks always as compared to the rest).

Happy holidays and a great new year. may 2012 bring you many great tea cups.

Indigobloom

Amy: yeah I’ve seen that to. I can never seem to get it right, I think I’m just too impatient with how finicky it is. More than white it seems…
Ryan: Cold? Hmmm I could use some cold tea now! too bad it takes awhile lol
Heather: Oh, cool. Thanks, it was indeed fun!!
Cteresa: It’s funny, I love the Teaopia version… but this one is less toasty. Maybe that is the difference. and I agree, first steep is always terrible! Happy New Year and many tasty pots (of tea) to you as well! :)

Ryan Freed

Haven’t commented on here in a while, but I’m back. If you pour the hot tea over a bunch of ice it cools down instantly and tastes awesome

Indigobloom

neato! thx for the tip Ryan!!

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786 tasting notes

Drinking a rather large pot of this at the moment. I’m trying to get rid of some of my tea before my other orders get here so I’m adding an extra cup or two to the pot! I do enjoy this tea. It’s a nice green tea that everyone likes. It’s warm, nutty, slight hints of butter, and it’s toasty. A nice green if you can’t decide on what to drink next.

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My sister leaves for Halifax tomorrow, so she and my mom stopped by for an impromptu tea party before the day gets too busy with errands. They requested something green and toasty and, besides Genmaicha, this tea immediately sprang to mind!

My mom commented that it had a nice nutty flavour, while my sister liked how light it was on the “green-ness” (as opposed to a sencha). I like that I can re-steep it and still get another round of tea from the pot. All-in-all, a nice tea party staple. Would pair well with toast, dainties or sandwiches.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

Is your sister moving to Hali, or just visiting? It seems like everyone on Steepster is posting about Halifax today!

Faith

She goes to university there, so she was just visiting us until classes started.

With everyone going to Hali, makes me wonder if there isn’t some sort of secret club that we’re not being told about!

Uniquity

Oooh, I so hope she goes to Kings. Or at least not SMU. : )

aisling of tea

StFX all the way!!

Faith

Dalhousie, actually. So far she really likes it.

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493 tasting notes

My third Dragonwell batch (or fourth, if I count my Mighty Leaf baggy). Steeped the same way as my A&D cup, it’s already smells more vegetative and roasted than the others.

First steep: I’m picking up a hint of astringency. My mouth is puckering ever so slightly leaving a dry sensation- that’s different! The buttery moistness that I experienced from Dragonwell in the past is still vaguely there but it’s not as prevalent as I would like it to be. If I do some funny things with my mouth the nuttiness really comes out though. I want to say “walnuts” but that isn’t quite right. Second steep and it remains dry and nutty but with an added melting mellowness. So much better.

The tea exhibits basic Dragonwell characteristics yet still tastes and feels so dramatically different from the other cups of Dragonwell I’ve tried! Am I imagining it? I was sad at first to see that it wasn’t as buttery as the others but I think the dry nutty flavour is growing on me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1424 tasting notes

I picked this up the other day when hearing about the sales sucked me into the DavidsTea store.

Reading *Incendiare*’s note made me think this might be the perfect thing to accompany my sesame chicken http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/08/easy-sesame-chicken/.

This dragonwell isn’t nearly as buttery as the one I’ve had from Butiki. The flavour is quite floral, and it’s a little astringent. Umm. And now I’m thinking that maybe I didn’t clean my steeper well enough after I last used it. I wasn’t expecting this tea to taste like this!

I like this tea (even if I did accidentally contaminate it), especially with the Asian flavours in the food I’m eating. I wouldn’t necessarily keep it stocked, but I think dragonwells are up there in the ranks of green teas that I like.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

As far as the sesame chicken goes, you don’t need to coat the chicken in egg. I think that just seasoning it and sprinkling a little corn starch on it, then frying it hot would work just fine. Once you add the sauce, the crunch goes away a bit…

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I can see this tea going well with something like that rather than just drinking it alone. That sesame chicken recipe looks awesome. And now THAT has me thinking of H&S’s Tokyo. Mmm, green tea and sesame seeds.

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449 tasting notes

On the first sip, grassy and brothy. Very full flavour. Hints of roasted taste, especially near the end of the sip. This tea reminds me of pepper taste and a peppery smell can be detected in the dry leaf as well.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1829 tasting notes

Thanks for this tea go to scribbles, who sent me a very generous amount of tea about two months ago. For some reason the last of her teas weren’t with the rest of my swap teas and I’m just now getting to them.

This tea really surprised me with how mildly flavored it was, even with an extra teaspoon of leaf thrown in the pot. Overall I don’t think this is a bad tea and it may even be a good place to start for someone who is inexperienced with green tea. However, it just lacks the flavor that I have come to expect of a good quality dragonwell. I was really missing the buttery flavor that I typically associate with it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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106 tasting notes

First time I had dragonwell and don’t think I’m a huge fan. I’m fine with the overly vegetal but I also had tastes of peppery meatyness and I felt like I was eating a meal more than drinking a tea. Not a fan so much but thanks for the sample Alysha

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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