Dragonwell

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Green Tea
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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 9 oz / 268 ml

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This legendary green tea is a top ten tea in China hailing from the Zhejiang Province. Follow the famed crooked river on your trip through Zheijian and steep in carefully handmade flat jade green leaves that create a mellow-sweet taste with chestnut overtones. Natural sweetness from the jade green leaf establishes a complex palette in this renowed sweet nutty tea. IMPERIAL RESERVE

Lightly sweet with a smooth texture and hint of lingering chestnut.

How to Prepare:
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 175-180 degrees and steep tea for 1.5-2 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.

Ingredients: Pure, organic green tea.

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59 Tasting Notes

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318 tasting notes

Oh, hello my sweet. We’re reunited, I see. It’s good to have you. I’ve been lonely.

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300 tasting notes

I’ve been playing around with the steeping time and proportions of this tea in the last three days, to find something to write about, today has the best results, but I think I shall try two minutes as well. This cup started off unexpectedly sweet, followed by some veg, then some rocky acidity (like tasting the soil), finished with nuttiness (though not as chestnut as I remember it being over the summer). Deeper in the cup there is indeed a bit of butterynes which is a lovely surprise, oh the roof of my mouth… I love this feeling. I have not gotten a good second steep from this and have not attempted a third, but will keep working with it, as I have plenty in my Forbidden Kingdom Collection and access as work.

Yesterday I finally put my two weeks notice in at work, though it may be three weeks as my manager asked as she left for evening if it was okay that she had put me on the next schedule, I was just like well… if you need me… she said she may adjust it. I will miss the free tea, the discount and my co-workers. I will not miss trying to push tea by the pound in over priced tins and feeling pressured to stalk my guests, thank you very much! She said I was welcome to come back in the fall, um no thanks, but maybe, just maybe for the holidays.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Spoonvonstup

Big step! Wishing you the best in your new adventures after Teavana. Despite the pressure to push and stalk, I’m sure you’ve also helped tons of customers fall more in love with tea, even if you just count you and your co-workers. Tea love can’t help but rub off. Happy trails

Autumn Hearth

Thank you! I’ve definitely been able to share my love and enthusiasm, its the most rewarding part of the job, hopefully they will also find that there is a much bigger world of quality loose leaf tea out there, as I have done. I think Teavana can be a great introduction for new tea drinkers or new to loose leaf tea drinker, its just an overly pretentious one. My dream is to open a local tea bar, but that’s several years down the road.

Spoonvonstup

That would be awesome! We definitely need more awesome tea bars. I’m crossing my fingers for one on every other block.. or at least one in my neighborhood that I can walk to.

Cheryl

I’ll travel up to visit, when you open your tea bar Autumn… good luck : )

SimpliciTEA

It was great to have someone ‘on the inside’ there at Teavana. I’m certain, as Spoonvonstup mentioned, your passion for tea helped guide those around you to where they wanted to go in the big Tea world of ours. Good luck!

Autumn Hearth

Thanks Cheryl! SimplicTEA, as far as inside news April 17th there will be lots of mark ups (particularly on cast-iron) and several mark downs on some yixing pots, statues and one type of trays and tea chest. Unfortunately most of the mark down items we don’t have in our store, not that I need to buy anything else ;)

SimpliciTEA

I’m not in the market for any of those things, but thank you for the info.

Nick

I came to your profile from reading a post you made where someone said something about Teavana, I worked at the location in Annapolis, Maryland and recently left there after working for about a year. Defiantly agree with the things you’ve said and although I will miss the discounts, free drinks and awesome co workers, I will not miss pushing tea on people that I know won’t enjoy what they’re buying. Especially Gyokuro Imperial, not that its a bad tea but for those people who come in and are like uhhh well I heard green teas are good for you. Also, I was wondering if you’ve tried and Genmaicha from other tea vendors? I wanted to buy some but I’m not sure if its going to be better than Teavana’s.

Autumn Hearth

Thanks for sharing on here and on the thread. I totally feel you on the Gyokuro, personally I like it but its not for everyone. When our regional manager was spending a few days at our store I heard second hand that she took over a sale and pushed this guy into gyo, even though he said he had had a bad experiences with greens before and didn’t want anything too grassy, she said oh no its really smooth trust me you’ll love it. I would have sold him Huang Shan for sure.

Yesterday I had a lady that brought in an empty tin of Yunnan Emerald Buds from the Heavenly Sale. I pulled out Emperor’s Clouds and Mists and my boss actually agreed with me that it was closest, but I also pulled out Huang Shan and Gyokuro and the lady went with the Gyo, not because I pushed it, I told her I had all three at home gave her three descriptors (nutty, smokey/sweet, and vegetal) it was her call.

So yeah I am back at Teavana (as of Tuesday) on an as needed basis until the holidays when she wants me back “as a regular”. It’s hard to say no to boss lady (we called her “Mama” before she was even the manager). I’m telling myself I’m doing it to help them out (store is struggling, new employees aren’t working out) but I am already stressed out at the prospect, but haven’t found anything better, I am good at it and it pays. I plan on taking all of February off and maybe not coming back after that. I thoroughly enjoyed my three months of no tea pushing, sales goals and significantly less migraines :sigh:

Autumn Hearth

Oops sorry forgot to mention the Genmaicha, I’ve only tried one other from Le Place de Thes that I got in a swap. It had a bancha base (roasted green tea) that I found worked better than gyo, but its nothing I would seek out or pay money for, I just don’t think its my thing, but I would never turn down a cup if offered, especially if I found myself in Japan one day ;)

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This tea was a gift from my well-meaning sister-in-law so I’m going to give it a try. I have NOT had good experience with Chinese greens in the past. Sure, there have been one or two that I’ve liked, but in general, not my favorite. In fact, some have been downright vile.

The dry leaf smells a bit minerally, but not grassy or seaweed-esque. After brewing the smell is a bit nutty – I think of the walnut type. Or perhaps it is the chestnut that is mentioned in the description, I’m not sure what chestnuts smell or taste like though so I am thinking walnut. After a short steep time, the color is a nice golden green with a bit of shimmer on the surface. Hey, this isn’t bad at all! The tea is a bit buttery, slightly sweet, and has a nutty flavor that again reminds me of walnuts. This makes me curious as to how many infusions this can go. I can see this being an everyday tea – it is easily drinkable and definitely enjoyable.

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

Dragonwell’s are friendly. It’s the year of the Dragonwell.

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I just learned the basics of how to taste tea correctly and I must say that it has improved the taste of my tea! Dragonwell has a grassy flavor, but is very fine. It also has a light sweet aftertaste. I put it in a separate small cup (about a half cup) and let it steep and then slowly poured it out into a mug. This is the best it has tasted for me.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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43 tasting notes

The local Teavana has Dragonwell back in stock and I, well, stocked up. It’s good to have this back in my cupboard. I’ve been drinking lots of it to make up for the lost time that I haven’t had it available.

In life, I’ve found someone new and I think that this is it this time. She drinks tea, but without the disguised snobbery about it that I do. Maybe she’ll bring some balance to me.

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This was another gift from HarpLady, my big sis. I love the name. It conjures up images of a well guarded by dragons or some such. Just the thing for the imagination of an aspiring fantasy writer like me. My thoughts overflowed with images of water guarding, fire breathing reptiles as I measured a teaspoon of this variety into the tea strainer. When dry, it smelled grassy.

In the water, it gave off a green scent—Like. . .oh, I don’t know, maybe GREEN tea ? Yeah, that would be it. Seriously, though, it did smell very green and tea-y and also very plain. Not sure how happy I was about that. I’m partial to flavored teas. Still, it seemed only fair to give it a try.
It tasted…green. Very green-The essence of green tea, I suppose. A little astringent but just a touch, and not at all bitter to me. To my surprise, I rather liked it. I guess even an uncultured barbarian such as myself can learn to appreciate the subtler teas.
Actually, it did get a little bitter and a bit more astringent as it cooled, but not unpleasantly so. I’ve been told in retrospect that you have to watch the temperatures in some of these green teas as they can do that. My general approach is pretty basic— Boil the water, stick the tea in it, and set the timer for three minutes, so I may have to experiment with a subtler approach. But even with my course methods, this tea was not bad. I found it a nice change of pace.

P.S. My husband- the man who dumps tons of sugar in his tea, found this too bitter. It’s interesting how people’s tastes can differ.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I like your well dragons imagery. =)

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223 tasting notes

Another from my swap with Michelle.

This is lovely! Almost… creamy? Kind of sweet and a very smooth, gentle nuttiness. No, not kind of sweet. There is a lovely sweetness in this, which becomes more obvious as the tea cools in my tea glass. A lovely first Dragonwell.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
TassieTeaGirl

Had a re-steep of this this morning when I got up. Still really lovely! Really enjoying this one. Oh dear, tired brain is kicking in, here’s a few more – this this this.

TassieTeaGirl

And infusion 3 over 24 hours and the worlds worst leaf preserving methods (sitting in my infuser in the open in the lounge all day). Still fantastic!

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As stated in another review (Anji Duet) I have been a green tea drinker for some time. This has been one of the green teas of choice. It has a well balanced flavor, even when severely over-steeped (as in my old crude method of dropping leaves in the bottom of a cup, adding hot water and drinking at my leisure). This tea is ideal and an absolute staple in green tea, especially beginners because it is always delicious. It is good hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened, during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd steeps and so on.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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64 tasting notes

I’m not sure why I never logged this one. This was one of the first loose-leaf green teas I tried. I think I was just lazy. I did like this tea, though, and I’m sad to see it go. I was even sadder to not be able to finish the last of it, for I found mold on the leaves tonight despite the airtight tin it was in. :( I guess I had it for a little too long…

Anyway, this was a great sipping tea for the afternoon or early evening. It had a very interesting butternut squash note to it that I really liked. Rarely did it become bitter, and had nice light vegetal qualities to it. I alternated between gong fu and western styles and liked the respective results equally.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Too bad I can get only 2-3 infusions of this tea..it is pretty good, one of my second favorites so far!! Jasmine dragon phoenix pearls, I can make 5 infusions and enjoy it for a longer period of time without increasing my caffeine intake …..Mmmm Such a good tea !!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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