I think this is pretty amazing! Certainly one of the best Dragonwell-style’s I have had and hands down one of the better green teas (generally speaking) I have had! I love the lemon-lime-citrus notes. I also love the sugar snap pea flavors. It’s incredible smooth and buttery, too! And, of course, it’s SWEET! I have found it hard to find a dragon-well with all of these elements thus far…and ALL naturally speaking…nothing artificial and no flavorings…just natural pick-ups from the teas surroundings! I’m so grateful Verdant knocked this one out of the ballpark! A pure delight!
Dragonwell Style Laoshan Green: 2012 Spring Harvest
DATE OF PICKING: April 10th, 2012
LOCATION OF PICKING: Ocean-facing slope of Laoshan Mountain in Laoshan Village, Shandong Province He Family Farm 15-20 acre plot fed by the mountain spring running down from the rock face of Laoshan.
WHAT WAS PICKED: Young leaf material with buds wilted in bamboo baskets, dried over a carefully trended wood fire and pressed flat.
This exquisite early picking truly shows off the best elements of both Laoshan flavor and Dragonwell flavor. The aroma of the wet leaf is that of bread dough rising on a warm surface, yet the first impressions of of the flavor are perfectly bright and sparkling. The mouthfeel is very engaging, creating a crisp mineral sensation on all parts of the palate.
After the first flash of fine texture, other notes come through. There is a gentle sweet green quality brought out by a citrus juiciness and mouthwatering Tieguanyin-like aftertaste. Elements of floral aroma are mixed in as the aftertaste settles into a licorice-like sweetness.
Later steepings bring out more savory Laoshan elements as the body of the tea becomes thicker and notes of butter and sugar snap pea come through. The overall sensation remains very cleansing and perfectly sweet.
*Note: Because of a very cold spring, only a small amount of this tea was harvested. The good news is that the slow growing conditions have led to a much sweeter richer tea. The bad news is that we were only able to obtain eight pounds total. Once this sells out, it will not be replaced with the same batch. While unfortunate, we also embrace the temporary nature of tea, and hope that you will enjoy this offering to the fullest while it is available. The He family passes on their thanks.