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Green Tea
Green Tea
Bark, Green, Hay, Nuts, Toasty, Fish Broth, Nutty, Vegetal, Fishy, Garden Peas, Iodine, Seaweed, Thick, Broth, Brown Toast, Butter, Toast, Umami, Grass
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 63 oz / 1871 ml

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  • “I feel like there is a monster sitting in my chest… Ugh I got very little sleep last night, having the same recurring dream all night long. Woke up probably a million times. I usually don’t get...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is my very first Dragonwell, and I’m not sure whether I should expect most other Dragonwells to taste like this or to try others. It’s quite vegetal, for which I don’t particularly care. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Again with the sourness. I guess my theory was wrong shrugs This was ok. A little too vegetal for me. I had a busy day at work and ended up forgetting about the second steep of this… The teaopia...” Read full tasting note
  • “Drinking a rather large pot of this at the moment. I’m trying to get rid of some of my tea before my other orders get here so I’m adding an extra cup or two to the pot! I do enjoy this tea. It’s a...” Read full tasting note


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Watered by rain from a local dragon, brewed by a Chinese emperor for his ailing mother, and honoured as the Qing Dynasty’s Imperial tea, Dragonwell is surrounded by lore. Imitators abound, but our Dragonwell is the real thing, grown and processed in China’s West Lake Region. The leaves are hand plucked and meticulously pressed in a hot wok over and over until the ideal temperature, shape, and flavour are reached. Perfection in every cup. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Green tea from West Lake Region, Hangzhou area, Zhejiang province, China.

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65 Tasting Notes

25 tasting notes

this will be a short review on davids tea’s dragonwell. i tried this once before and didnt really like it, since it was very vegetal if i remember right, and i dont usually drink green teas so i was not used to the flavors. im giving this another try now, with my 60ml gaiwan with 2g tea, at 83C.

after rinse it gets smelling pretty nutty, with some natural creaminess.

first steep is weak with slight vegetal notes and some sweetness.

the second smells a little sweet and sour off the lid. it tastes ok, but im not at all excited by this probably because i drank puerh earlier and that is more my thing.

this would be good in the morning brewed in a mug.

third: smells like raw vegetables and roasted almonds. im just unimpressed with the taste which feels 1 dimensional or something. my tongue is coated. maybe im brewing this wrong.

thats it for me, ill drink more but i dont know what else to say about this tea. pce.


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123 tasting notes

The dried leaves are flat from being pressed in a wok and are mostly intact. I grimaced a little when the David’s tea employee tried to squash them down to fit in the can. You get a lot of green leaf colour in the leaves after brewing. These are not the hand rolled type of leaves with the entire leaf, but a smaller section.

If you brew this as recommended, with 500 mL of water, the result is a very light green tea. There’s nothing really strong in the flavour or smell like some Chinese green teas. Just a refreshing drink. A good starting point for new green tea drinkers.

However, if you brew it with 4g and 200 mL doing multiple steepings, you get something stronger and more interesting.

The brewed colour is yellow. There is a light fresh scent of hay or something.

If I was just looking for something light and refreshing, I would drink this. When brewed weak, it’s a change from other green teas.

You can definitely tell the difference between this and a $3 box of fresh green tea bags. At $20 / 100 g, there are a lot of other green teas though. Japanese Sencha being one of them.

Dried Leaves

Brewed Leaf

4 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML

I forgot to mention, you can eat these tea leaves too. Throw a little salad dressing on them, or mix them in with some rice and flavouring.

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583 tasting notes

1.25 tsp for 250mL water @85C, steeped two minutes.


I thought Dragonwell was a light, slightly sweet green tea. All other Dragonwells I’ve tried are light, and a bit sweet, perhaps a bit vegetal. Heavy and thick mouthfeel.

This one, I am afraid, joins several other greens and oolongs from DavidsTea which are distinctly fishy. Scallop soup. Brine brine brine. Scallops are great — I just don’t care for them in tea.

Flavors: Fish Broth, Fishy, Garden Peas, Iodine, Seaweed, Thick

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3 tasting notes

I have been drinking Dragonwell for years now, I have decided to stick with this tea. The reason I have sticked with this tea for years is because it has a roasted flavor and is one of the aspects I like about Dragonwell. I wouldn’t recommend drinking this tea after 6pm because it does have caffeine and it can interfere with your sleep. If you love green tea this is a tea for you.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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338 tasting notes

I think I liked this one more than I like a lot of senchas (Sencha Ashikubo not withstanding). It was very drinkable, not too bitter… I’m still getting a taste for straight greens, but this one is definitely under consideration to be an addition to my collection in that sense.

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17 tasting notes

2min 30 sec @ 80C

It smells exactly like miso soup? Well.. thats mouthwatering, actually.

Ok. The tea has cooled down, and I have tasted it…. It does taste a little like miso! And then like slightly buttered, not-white-but-not-quite-whole-grain toast. There is a toasted nutty taste for sure. I quite like it! I would love a stronger flavour though, but I think I may have underleafed. Mmm. this tea is very food-like, super digging it. Would buy again.

Edit: 2nd steep @ 82C for 4minutes ish is more miso and more butter. YESSS

Flavors: Broth, Brown Toast, Butter, Nuts, Toast, Toasty, Umami

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 11 OZ / 330 ML

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6 tasting notes

David’s Dragonwell is my favourite of quite a few Dragonwells I’ve had the pleasure of trying. It’s sunny and sweet, not smoky, and almost honey-like. Very forgiving of longer brew times and rebrews. Delicious.

1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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59 tasting notes

A really nice green tea to give you that little afternoon boost. It’s a pretty grassy tea with lots of vegatale notes. Not bitter in the slightest if you don’t oversteep it.

Flavors: Grass

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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290 tasting notes

Dragonwell is an extremely strong green tea! It is a somewhat high quality tea. A lot of work went into making this tea taste the way it does.

It tastes rustic, and kind of woody, but in a good way! The green tea taste is still there though, and that’s the best part.

I feel like I should be on a retreat in the mountains in China, practising ancient Buddhist meditation to a beautiful sunrise! Yes, that is the journey that this tea takes my senses on when I drink it! It feels so good, and comforting; it’s incredibly delicious!

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