Monday, November 18, 2013

Tealet LongWu Dragon Well Green Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

There's nothing quite like a good dragonwell and this one was fantastic. I was generously given a tin of this tea at a spur of the moment food court tea tasting at the Javits Center. I just love the flat, broad shape of the leaves. A small amount of fuzz was visible. This is often an indication of the quality. The aroma before and after steeping was so clean and fresh. Full bodied with strong notes of chestnut, the taste was classic dragonwell all the way. It wasn't bitter at all but there was still a nice vegetal component. I did three infusions with my gaiwan but this tea wold also work well in a teapot or even brewed "grandpa" style. As always, I really enjoy the connection that Tealet provides to the growers that produce their teas. Farmer Ge is the third generation of his family to grow tea. In case you missed it, I've included my podcast interview with Elyse from +Tealet below. Check it out!

LongWu Dragon Well Green Tea sample provided by Tealet.