Dragonwell Lung Ching

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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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  • “ohhhh my goodness. This is SO GOOD!! but... I suspect it is just this season, as I read a note on the Verdant website that frost made the leaves sweeter, but also rare. Something akin to the way...” Read full tasting note
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    indigobloom 1308 tasting notes
  • “Sipdown! Thanks to *Indigobloom* for letting me have a sample of this tea. I seem to have become *quite* fond of dragonwell - the rock sugar/caramelly sweetness is better than anything I've...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2246 tasting notes
  • “A very light green - perfect for those who want the health benefits of a green without the typical green flavor notes. Not my personal favorite but I can see why some love this. Full review...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “I’M BAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!! As a married woman!!!!!! :D The wedding day was absolutely perfect! It was a whirlwind of a day, and already I can feel the details slipping. All I remember is...” Read full tasting note
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    CHAroma 517 tasting notes

From Thé Kiosque

Hand picked spring growth offers exquisite green notes. Sweetish with light layers of astringency.

History
Lung Ching Tea – also known as Dragonwell is produced by hand through a 10-part process. The side of West Lake in Zhejiang Province grows the tea used to produce Dragonwell. Dragonwell is distinguished by its beautiful shape, emerald colour, scented smell and tending sweet floral character. Legend has it that in 250 AD a Taoist monk affirmed that there must be a dragon lurking in a certain spring not far from Hangchow. The monk implored the well dragon to come to the rescue of the poor farmers suffering a crippling drought. Instantly, the clouds came rushing in from every side and poured forth a timely rain. One account of this, an old temple adjoining the spring is known as Dragon’s Well Monastery, and this tea derives its name from the same legend.

Tea facts
Country: China
Region: Zhejiang
Ingredients: Luxury Green Tea

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8 Tasting Notes

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1308 tasting notes

ohhhh my goodness. This is SO GOOD!! but… I suspect it is just this season, as I read a note on the Verdant website that frost made the leaves sweeter, but also rare. Something akin to the way ice-wine is made perhaps?
Actually, yes!! this does have a sortof spun sugar/ice wine sweetness to it. That MUST be it.
I could have sworn that this was sweetened with sugar… laced with some additive… but after seeing the Verdant tea explanation, it seems more plausible.
Nature did it herself! She is brilliant, I tell ya.
That said, I am planning to order 50g of this soon, before they run out. I’ve already emailed David, the lovely Kiosque rep.
New rating: 95

Bonnie

I like a sweet dragon…

Indigobloom

I’ll send ya some Bonnie, if you wanna taste! :)

Bonnie

ok…I don’t think I have any. See, told you that Canadian’s are generous!

Indigobloom

we blush to! :)
but thank you for the compliment

Sil

Hmmm……

Erin

There are so many tea guys named David!

Indigobloom

Sil: tellin ya, good stuff there :P
Erin: I noticed that to!! must be a conspiracy

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2246 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to Indigobloom for letting me have a sample of this tea.

I seem to have become quite fond of dragonwell – the rock sugar/caramelly sweetness is better than anything I’ve tasted in a flavoured tea, and rather addicting. This particular dragonwell is no exception, producing a delicious caramelly green tea flavour. However, it’s not as intense or as fresh as some dragonwells I’ve had, and there was some astringency (I’d prefer none). Overall, I’d happily drink it again, but I do think I’ve had better. I think on average, dragonwells rate between a 90-95 on my tea deliciousness scale; this one’s about a 91. :)

ETA: I killed the re-steep. Combo of oversteeping and leaving the leaves to sit overnight. I’ve really got to remember that straight greens in particular need to be fully re-steeped quickly as they just don’t last.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

gotta love that rock sugar!! :P

Indigobloom

Omg you should have tried this when it was fresh. Over a year old now. I’ve been thinking about this DW ever since seeing your review.
It almost had that sparkling mineral note that some oolongs bring.

Kittenna

Totally haven’t ever quite understood that “minerally thing”. Sigh. My tastebuds are hopeless. I do love dragonwell though…

Indigobloom

I find it’s more of a mouthfeel than a taste. Not hopeless, a work in progress! :P

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807 tasting notes

A very light green – perfect for those who want the health benefits of a green without the typical green flavor notes.

Not my personal favorite but I can see why some love this.
Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on January 2nd 2013 but here are some review snippits:

Dragonwell Lung Ching as far as I can recollect is the first tea I have sampled from The Kiosque. Thanks to a Steepster friend I am getting to try this light, lovely, green tea, and a new tea company. The leaves look much greener in person than in the photo.

(note – Thank you to Indigobloom for this sample!)

For me, its a bit simplistic, and lack luster. Its not bad, please don’t get me wrong. It is good enough that I do want to try more teas by The Kiosque and I will, its not a turn off, just not something that is making me want to purchase a tin.

Now I will note that the mouthfeel of this tea is creamy, very creamy, and I like that – a lot. Yet I do miss the buttery, nutty nature that many greens have that this one is lacking.

Indigobloom

Funny, I can’t stand the savoury type green teas and this is about as far in the other direction one can get haha.
Glad you tried it Azzrian! :)

Azzrian

Haha yeah it really is QUITE different from the norm in greens! I did enjoy it! Thank you for sharing!

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517 tasting notes

I’M BAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!! As a married woman!!!!!! :D

The wedding day was absolutely perfect! It was a whirlwind of a day, and already I can feel the details slipping. All I remember is marrying my best friend and soul mate, supported by our closest friends and relatives. It was a beautiful sunny day filled with unbelievable food, great live music, and the most beautiful floral arrangements I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe it’s actually over! So much buildup and now it’s in the past. I CAN’T WAIT to get back the video and photos. I’ll be sure to post some in case anyone is interested. For now, all I have is our engagement photos, which you can see here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/finally-our-engagement-photos-yay-pic-heavy

We took a mini-moon the week after the wedding. We spent 2 nights at a local B&B in Newport, RI and then 3 days/2 nights in New York City. It was a blast! We saw The Phantom of the Opera, which was the hubby’s first Broadway show. :) We had lunch at the best restaurant in the whole city, Bouley, and then went shopping on Fifth Avenue. I, of course, stopped by DAVIDsTEA on Bleecker Street and picked up some more samples. I also found a delightful surprise in Bergdorf Goodman: Mariage Freres!!! WHAAAAT??! Yep, I bought my first ever Mariage Freres tea, Marco Polo. I also discovered a new-to-me tea company called Bellocq Tea Atelier. So, I grabbed a sampler of 8 of their blends too. Like I needed any more tea, right?

Well, my dear husband has decided that he wants to start drinking tea on a more regular basis!!! I’M SO EXCITED! Now I get to teach him all I know about tea!!!! Okay, well I suppose I shouldn’t come on too strong or he’ll just hate it, LOL! He bought a black Perfect Tea Mug with infuser and lid from DAVIDsTEA. Quite the minimalist, but now his tea journey can officially begin! Hehehe!

I’m going to try and spend most of today drinking down some old swap samples. I have some that date back to 2011! With all these new teas being added to the cupboard, I’ve got to make some room. Here come the tasting notes!!!

ON TO THE TEA:

I received this tea just before Halloween last year from Indigobloom. That makes this swap sample only about 6 months old. :P Hey, I’ve been busy! LOL! I’m finally brewing this one up, and I’m excited about it. All the reviews to-date have been glowing.

Oops, accidently sloshed a bunch of tea on myself in my haste to raise the cup to my lips. :( What a pain. Well, after running upstairs to change, I can now sit down and enjoy this tea. :) Mmmmm! This is great! It’s not very green or grassy like the other Chinese Dragonwell teas I’ve tried. Instead, it’s very softly green. Not in-your-face chlorophyll.

Bigger sips bring in more of the vegetal grassiness. Smaller sips bring in the roast-y toast-y elements. There are also caramel notes here, and am I detecting a nuttiness? Something akin to pistachio I think, though it’s very light. Yum! I’m not getting any spun sugar sadly, but that could be attributed to age. This is unlike any other unflavored green I’ve tried, and I’m really enjoying it! Big thanks to Indigobloom for the sample!

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

WOOT! congrats! Love teh engagement photos too :) sounsd like you and hubby had a great time on your mini honeymoon

Mercuryhime

What lovely photos! So happy for you!

CHAroma

Thanks, Sil & Mercuryhime! It was a blast! I’ve been decompressing all day, drinking tea and writing notes. It was super fun but super exhausting too. :)

Ysaurella

congratulations for wedding and beautiful engagement pics :)
Vive les Mariés !

Indigobloom

awww yay!! Congrats!
Sadly, I’ve found that age has broken down my spun sugar in this one. I guess it needs to be fresh! I even had it in a tin :(

Kittenna

Eee, congrats, and lovely photos! Definitely post when you get the wedding pics back :D

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Thank you indigobloom for this sample. It’s quite delicious! and that’s pretty high praise as i don’t love a lot of greens. I’m not sure if this would have a permanent place in my in my cupboard as I tend to stick with blacks. BUT if there was a green to stay in my cupboard, this would probably be it. It’s not very vegetal at all, which is what i really enjoy about this green. mmmm looking forward to additional steeps of this! Thanks Indigobloom!

Indigobloom

hehe glad you liked it!! my fave of all time :P

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463 tasting notes

1 tbsp for 375 ml

Spinach flavour. Sugary sweetness in the back of the throat. Slight buttery taste.

Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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