2017 Shi Feng Dragonwell

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Asparagus, Floral, Grain, Grass, Hay, Mineral, Nuts, Spicy, Sweet, Cut grass, Spinach, Vegetal
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 oz / 139 ml

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  • “Cold brewed after third steep; often I’ll stretch a tea by cold-brewing it for a few hours after it starts to weaken in steeps or go bitter but this tea just doesn’t have enough lasting power to go...” Read full tasting note
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  • “From this months Verdant tea club we have 2017 Shi Feng Dragon well. Well I must start with I am impressed. This tea is amazingly good, fresh and subtly flavored. It really seems with green tea...” Read full tasting note
    88
  • “5g in a 12oz glass grandpa style, 175F water, then hotter to top up. This is the first real, quality longjing I’ve ever had so I can’t compare it to other productions. I am kind of blown away by...” Read full tasting note

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Mrs. Li’s fresh 2017 Shi Feng Dragonwell is almost here! Mrs. Li is one of the few farmers fortunate enough to have several plots of land on the famous mountainside of Shi Feng, where her original cultivar (Longjing Qunti) Dragonwell is fed by sweet mountain spring water, picked by hand, and crafted one leaf at a time by her husband. She cultivates her world-famous tea using entirely organic farming techniques.

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Cold brewed after third steep; often I’ll stretch a tea by cold-brewing it for a few hours after it starts to weaken in steeps or go bitter but this tea just doesn’t have enough lasting power to go this way. Next time I get a batch I’ll try cold-brewing it fresh.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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From this months Verdant tea club we have 2017 Shi Feng Dragon well. Well I must start with I am impressed. This tea is amazingly good, fresh and subtly flavored. It really seems with green tea getting them fast and early really makes a difference.

I brewed this in a glass pot for 20 seconds at 185 degrees. I know thats a little hot for green tea, but there is no bitterness and it brings out a bit more of the nutty and sweet flavors without losing any of the grassy vegetal notes. There is also a light floral, but its kind of hard to pick up and place as they cut grass and nuttiness is so intense. The aroma is amazing too, it just screams freshness.

I figure I will brew this out three times as at that point most of the good flavors are on the down turn and the bitterness is starting to ramp up. Now I see what all the fuss is about getting the real high quality dragon well.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes green tea with that strong grassy component.

Flavors: Cut grass, Nuts, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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5g in a 12oz glass grandpa style, 175F water, then hotter to top up.

This is the first real, quality longjing I’ve ever had so I can’t compare it to other productions. I am kind of blown away by this tea. I’ve never been a huge green tea drinker but this has made me a little more open minded about that.

I didn’t really take notes on the flavors or aromas, what really stuck with me was the full body and mind effect of this tea. About an hour into drinking this I was feeling so good. I don’t really have the words to describe it and I sort of refuse to call it qi. I just felt incredible. Heavy limbs, eyelids, etc, just incredibly calm but mentally alert.

This tea is a little bit beyond what I usually spend but I would (and will) buy it again next year if it comes back.

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