Dragonwell Green Tea

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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  • “OUT OF BUSINESS: A new online retailer, HayesTea.com keeps things simple. Their web site lists only 2 teas, a Keemun Black Tea & a Dragonwell Green Tea. I stumbled upon their site through a...” Read full tasting note

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Quick Overview

• Tea is packaged in 2oz resealable packets.
• A strong fresh fragrance, but a soft and mellow taste.
• The perfect refreshing green tea for daily enjoyment.
• Exquisite grade traditional Chinese green tea at an affordable price!


Our Dragonwell Green Tea comes from the hills of West Lake of the Zhejiang Province of China. The tea has a strong fresh fragrance, but a soft and mellow taste. This is the perfect refreshing green tea to enjoy daily.

Tea is packaged in a 2oz airtight resealable packet. Sealed tea is good for up to 18 months following purchase.

Recommended Preparation
Add 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea to 8oz of water that is near boiling. The ideal temperature to brew chinese green tea is 185 degrees F. This can be approximated by using water that has just begun to develop air bubbles, but not yet come to a full boil. The tea is then placed in the water using a strainer and is allowed to steep for 1-3 minutes. After steeping, the strainer is removed and the tea is allowed to cool to desired drinking temperature.

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A new online retailer, HayesTea.com keeps things simple. Their web site lists only 2 teas, a Keemun Black Tea & a Dragonwell Green Tea. I stumbled upon their site through a link on tealdeals.com. They were offering a 20% off promo (TEADEALS @ checkout) and I thought, in my ongoing quest for the best affordable Dragonwell Longjing Green Tea, I’d give them a try. With a statement like , “Exquisite grade traditional Chinese green tea at an affordable price!” how could I pass it up? A more detailed Tea Shop review of my positive dealings with hayesteas.com is forthcoming. As for now, I’ll focus on the tea.

First off let me tell you, according to Hayes, “The tea is a grade 2 Dragonwell and is broken leaf.” So, that’ll tell you a thing or two as to how they define “exquisite.” At such an affordable price, plus a free shipping bonus Hayes threw in, I took a chance and purchased 4 oz.

The tea came in an unpadded standard manilla envelope and then vacuum sealed in 2 separate 2 oz. plastic pouches. As one side of the packaging is clear, what I first noticed was all the broken leaf. One bag was about 1/3 particles and the other about 1/4. I imagine shipping as they do, without any real protection, you’re asking for this.

The dry leaf has a much greener color than other Longjing teas I’ve sampled. I hear it has something to do with the plant being picked later and allowed to develop more chlorophyll. In short, it can be a sign of inferior quality.

Here’s where the detail breaks down for me. I brewed in my glass tumbler at 175°F, watching to see how the leaves would react. If they drop significantly before 3 mins, I decant. Otherwise I tend to wait the full 3 mins. In this I recall waiting the full 3 mins and leaving a root. Immediately I noticed a funky, smokey smell. This was matched with what I can only describe as a fuel type smoke flavor. It overwhelmed most any other taste and smell details. I got a bit of viscous body and some sweet tones, that might have been nice otherwise. Any kind of nutty qualities were lost.

For what it’s worth, I’ve thrown tea like this away before. I don’t pretend to know a whole lot about the process, but from what I’ve read I think it may have been pan fired poorly. I once got some really cheap Wing Hop Fung brand Longjing that was similar. It came in a nice canister, so it wasn’t a total loss, but I threw the tea away. I’m tempted to do the same with this one.

I appreciate hayestea.com customer service, but I’m just not a fan of their Dragonwell. I don’t know… I’m hesitating even posting a number rating on this one. Honestly that little red face on the far left is looking like the way forward. But as a new company, I think I’ll wait a bit and see how others react.

For the time being, I’ve got quite a few ounces left if anyone is interested. Pay shipping, or offer a trade. Don’t wait too long though, it might find its way to the circular file.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Mark B

I unloaded the rest of this tea to some fellow Steepsters. Of the two that I sent it to, one remarked that she liked it. The Hayes site has shown none in stock for quite some time.

It’s also interesting to note, I posted the above tasting note as a review on their site and it never made it through their review process. That speaks volumes in my opinion.

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