Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hayes Tea Dragonwell

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: flat, dark green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 1 and 1/2 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale green

This tea was your typical dragonwell, otherwise known as Long Jing. The first thing that I noticed was the wonderfully fresh fragrance of the dry leaves. The steeped tea was mellow and sweet with a vegetal taste that reminded me very much of asparagus. There were notes of a chestnut and a buttery mouthfeel. My second infusion was just as strong as the first. Although they were very flat in shape, the leaves practically seemed to come back to life post steeping because they were so plump and green. This tea is very inexpensive so it would be a perfect daily drinker. I tried this in my cold drip tea maker and it was wonderful iced as well. Hayes Tea is brand new so they are only offering two types of tea but it looks like they are off to a great start.

You can find this tea here.