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I took a chance on this at an international market recently. It was nearly 7 oz. of tea for just $11.00 but it was still well within the expiration date so I thought I would give it a go because I really love Longjing. Well, I guess you get what you pay for sometimes! The title of the tea indicates that it is from the West Lake region which is a good start. The packaging doesn’t appear to be very good with regard to protecting the integrity of the tea though. It is in a basic clear glass jar. The flavor is tastes like “right leaves, right preparation, poor storage”. You get a very muted flavor profile that lacks the pronounced vegetal, nutty essence with a smooth buttery texture that great Chinese Greens often have. When you smell the wet leaves, you have to really struggle to get a familiar DragonWell essence. On the whole, it is not a bad tea and I will finish the jar in time. It’s just that once you have really good Dragowell, it is hard to accept an impostor. On the whole, it is not a bad buy for $11.00 but this really not something I would want to share with someone to show off how great Dragonwell can be.
Flavors: Butter, Marine, Nutty, Vegetal
This one is okay. It smells amazing, so I thought it would taste better. It’s slightly vegetal and a little smoky, with a hint of sweetness…didn’t really detect any bitterness. The issue I have with the tea is that it’s pretty weak. I steeped it for 3 minutes for the first steep and 10 minutes for the second steep…I didn’t try a third steep because it still seemed weak after a 10 minute steep. I have a lot of it, and I don’t mind drinking it, but, I won’t buy it again. It was really cheap, $10.99 for 8 oz…I’ll try a long first steep next time to see if I can get one solid cup out of the leaves.
This is a very mellow black tea, it sort of reminds me of what many Chinese restaurants serve, but vaguely. If your looking for a calm, mellow, smooth cup of black tea without a punch to it this fits that requirement.
The packaging is oddly good – each set of 25 bags is wrapped in plastic to keep it fresh, and the bags are nicely assembled paper.
Very engaging with it’s lingering essence of fresh cut grass flavor!
Smooth and a surprising cup of escape, that brings me back to some of my fondest childhood summer days.
This may not be for everyone, especially if you find yourself not liking some of the other grassier tasting green teas; however, it is an excellent leaf to have in the collection.
I’m still new to the Lung Ching green leaf(Drangon Well), but am very much a fan thus far.
*One discovery – I may have overheated the water on this pot @ 185°F. It produced a slightly darker brownish amber color after only 3mins steep. I will lower the temp a tad next time.
What a jewel of a tea, when you have the appropriate time needed to best serve this tightly hand-rolled leaf.
I find myself mesmerized by medium to premium quality artisan teas, especially whenever they are so delicately packaged for the pure beauty and entertainment of the audience.
Maybe it’s just the therapeutic qualities of watching these leave unfurl and release their distinctively vegetal, yet great floral notes that I love about this one. *(Not sure, somehow I feel I may need to continue my journey with this one to fully uncover and discover this drawing desire towards this tea:)
This is a very smooth and non-astringent green tea.
It’s also a great tea blended with Golden Jade Green Tea.
My friend gave me a bag of this when I left his place earlier. And, wow. This is exactly what I needed today. (I’ve caught a cold.)
I admit I can’t really taste the chrysanthemum, but the pu-erh’s flavor is amazing. It’s sweet and honeylike, and incredibly smooth. Completely non-astringent or bitter. It’s malty and I know this may sound strange, but buttery. In a good way. Like a warm honey-buttered croissant. It’s going amazingly with my intensely spicy Thai ramen.
I’m going to have to buy a box of this.