Dragon's Well Ming Qiang 2014

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “Ooooooh I had the luxury of trying this the other day—what a treat! My mother-in-law (who I finally managed to convert into the tea-lover camp; she used to be a “coffee...” Read full tasting note
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A must try for green tea lovers! Dragon’s Well teas have been famous for centuries, but none are more prized than the Ming Qiang or “before the rains” Lung Ching. The pristine, broadsword-shaped leaves are pale green and produce a bright cup that is also pale with the slightest greenish tinge. The aroma is delicately sweet, as is the taste. We buy this tea seasonally and in very small quantity – please inquire as to estimated arrival date.
4 ounce maximum per customer, please.

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Ooooooh I had the luxury of trying this the other day—what a treat! My mother-in-law (who I finally managed to convert into the tea-lover camp; she used to be a “coffee person”…haha not anymore! ) decided to get a special tea for us to try at Gong Fu and surprised me with this. She said that the tea shop employee had explained that this tea was exceptional and very difficult to obtain. Now, I don’t think I have every detail worked out because I was hearing all this second-hand, but from what I gathered apparently the first harvest goes to the Emperor, and then in the next harvest (of a very limited quantity) is made available to the lucky few tea merchants who can get it. She said that the owners of Gong Fu tea were the only ones in the U.S. who were able to get this tea. There was only like 6 lbs available. Wow! That’s incredible. I don’t know how it all works, how tea shop owners buy their teas and what the process is (particularly for rare teas like this) but it sounds challenging!

Anyway, the taste was phenomenal. Light, mellow, and refreshing, with a clover-like sweetness. The liquor was so pale I was afraid I had understeeped it, but when I tasted it I was relieved that it contained so much more flavor than I had expected just by looking at the brew.

I wish I had more to write about this tea since it is so rare and special—seems like it deserves a whole huge page of detailed review. But as I am relatively new to trying different kinds of authentic green teas, and am still developing a palate to appreciate the subtleties of fine greens, I think a more experienced tea connoisseur would have a lot more to say about it than humble me. I am not worthy of this tea.

Still, it was a very enjoyable experience to indulge in such a lovely tea. I feel very fortunate to have the chance to taste it. And that is the beauty of tea: it shares its flavor freely to all those who come to take a sip. Whether you are a seasoned tea-drinker or someone who is new to its complexities, all can partake in a simple moment of pleasure as they imbibe this special, unique gift of a beverage.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

I love reading your log. You make everything sound so lovely!


Aw, thanks for saying that, Tiff! Made my day! :-)

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