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To call myself ‘uneducated’ on green teas would be an understatement. A few months ago, reading the reviews on many of the higher quality green teas here on good old Steepster was somewhat confusing. Most of my green tea experience was the green tea Sobe that my sister always bought, or the occasional Jasmine Green that you get from Chinese restaurants.

With that, a lot of my ‘thinking’ on green tea still runs familiar tracks, and tries to discern the differences. In my head, I often say “this tastes a lot like x, but the differences are a, b, and c”. Sometimes I say that out loud. If I’m lucky, Missy is within earshot and I look less like an idiot babbling at himself.

Take this Dragon Well, for example. This tastes a lot like the Tai Ping Hou Kui from Teavivre that I drank a few days ago, except it’s a little less flavorful. It has the same sweet tones to it, but it’s significantly less sweet. It has a very roasted vegetable flavor to it… but it’s a little less buttery, toasted vegetables, and a little more steamy, swampy vegetables.

All in all, it’s pretty tasty for a green tea. However, I can’t see ever going for this while that Tai Ping was still available.

Has anyone else had both a Dragon Well and the Tai Ping Hou Kui? Are they remarkably similar, just of varied degrees of excellence?

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ScottTeaMan

I’ve had a few Dragon Well teas which have a nutty quality. I;ve also had two different TPHK’s and I don’t remember any nuttiness. What I do remember is stemed vegetable butteriness, that to me is world’s apart.

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, no real nuttiness on this one.

Michelle

The best Dragonwell I’ve ever had has actually been Teavana’s. It’s nutty and smooth and buttery and sweet, and the second steep is definitely my favorite – very clean and buttery with just a hint of the nuttiness behind it.

SimpliciTEA

I’ve had lots of different kinds of Dragon Well teas and I’ve had two different Tai Ping Hou Kui teas, and just off the top of my head I don’t personally find that much in common between them, but I feel I’d have to do a side-by-side comparison to be certain. I like both types of green teas, and I think what ScottTeaMan posted above sounds like a good way to describe the differences (although I’m still not certain exactly what ‘buttery’ tastes like in a tea).

Michelle: “The best Dragonwell I’ve ever had has actually been Teavana’s.” Wow. I’ll have to try their version sometime.

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ScottTeaMan

I’ve had a few Dragon Well teas which have a nutty quality. I;ve also had two different TPHK’s and I don’t remember any nuttiness. What I do remember is stemed vegetable butteriness, that to me is world’s apart.

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, no real nuttiness on this one.

Michelle

The best Dragonwell I’ve ever had has actually been Teavana’s. It’s nutty and smooth and buttery and sweet, and the second steep is definitely my favorite – very clean and buttery with just a hint of the nuttiness behind it.

SimpliciTEA

I’ve had lots of different kinds of Dragon Well teas and I’ve had two different Tai Ping Hou Kui teas, and just off the top of my head I don’t personally find that much in common between them, but I feel I’d have to do a side-by-side comparison to be certain. I like both types of green teas, and I think what ScottTeaMan posted above sounds like a good way to describe the differences (although I’m still not certain exactly what ‘buttery’ tastes like in a tea).

Michelle: “The best Dragonwell I’ve ever had has actually been Teavana’s.” Wow. I’ll have to try their version sometime.

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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