Premium-grade Dragonwell (Xi Hu Long Jing)

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170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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  • “Traveling Tea Box Tea!!! I am feeling a little adventurous today so I thought I would try this one. There are no steeping directions on the package, so I did a little poking around and decided on...” Read full tasting note
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    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “Steep Information: Prepared as part of the Steepster meetup and tea tasting This was a 2009 dragon well tea The older the dragon well the more yellow the liquor 2010 would appear mostly clear...” Read full tasting note
    amazonv 702 tasting notes
  • “I had this per BenC's recommendation at Radiance Tea House, and it was amazing! It was harvested just a few weeks ago. It's smoother, more delicate than other dragonwells I've had, and it gets...” Read full tasting note
    75
    jack 181 tasting notes

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Traveling Tea Box Tea!!!

I am feeling a little adventurous today so I thought I would try this one. There are no steeping directions on the package, so I did a little poking around and decided on a low temperature and short-ish steep.

The tea liquor smells exactly like asparagus! It tastes like asparagus too. Hmm. It’s not really doing it for me to tell you the truth. I’m more of a floral/fruit rather than a vegetal kinda gal. Sip sip sip….grimace grimace grimace! OK. I have determined that I think it’s nasty. I am throwing it down the sink!!!!

If anyone reading this loves vegetal greens and would like to take the remaining tea leaves off my hands (almost an ounce) I will be happy to mail it to you. PM me with your address :)

EDIT: I have a taker!!!!! Thank you!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Wow… a 75 and a 9… wow…

JacquelineM

Must have been an asparagus fan :) It’s a great quality tea, I just didn’t like it.

Ricky

Wait… did you pick that up from the store? They sell tea there too!??! =]

JacquelineM

Ricky – it was in the Traveling Tea Box! I think either Jack or Mike must have put it in. But they sell a million different teas at the tearoom!! They sell teaware too – I know you are looking for some and they have lots of eastern style teaware. I didn’t even think of it til now!

Ricky

Hmmm! I might have to give it a visit soon, the weather’s been so nice lately.

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702 tasting notes

Steep Information: Prepared as part of the Steepster meetup and tea tasting

This was a 2009 dragon well tea
The older the dragon well the more yellow the liquor
2010 would appear mostly clear as it would be so fresh and new

The tea appeared cloudy with particulate
It smelled nutty, it has a light body, The flavor was sweet

The tea should always have a bud and one to two leaves

To me the leaves appeared as if rolled into little toothpicks

The steeped leaves should always appear very green

Sorry my notes are so short and cryptic but it was a whirlwind tasting of so much information and flavor!

I am intentionally not rating these teas as I didn’t really have a chance to sit there and sip on them and think whether I would by them again, like to play with them more, although none were awful (1 leaf) or fabulous (4 leaves)

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/radiance-tea-house-and-books-loose-leaf_05.html

Cofftea

I know you stated reasons why you didn’t rate these teas, but being such a flippin type A person when it comes to my steeping parameters, I’m always interested in the ratings of teas that you didn’t have control over a single parameter.

AmazonV

it was like 2-3 sips of each, and they were all enjoyable, but not OMG WANT – so i’d say between 50 and 75
so in order of like, least to best, lapsang souchong, dragonwell, keemun, sencha, silver needle, apricot rooibos, golden lilly, pheonix

Cofftea

Thanks, I think ratings on these teas are actually more important cuz you have to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into where as if you make it yourself you can always change something.

AmazonV

I would agree if I had been in Radiance getting a full little pot to myself or to share, and I usually do rate those – but multi-tasking (pictures, notes, conversation) with only a few sips leaves me barely remembering the tea before i’m sipping the next one…so it would be unfair to the teas to rely on my memory in that state IMO

Cofftea

Haha true. If I’m going to a place like that I take a small notebook w/ me. That way I can capture 1st impressions.

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I had this per BenC’s recommendation at Radiance Tea House, and it was amazing! It was harvested just a few weeks ago. It’s smoother, more delicate than other dragonwells I’ve had, and it gets sweeter over time. Expensive, yes ($20+ for a pot), but definitely worth a try. If you’re in NYC, head over to Radiance with a friend. You won’t regret it.

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