Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Adagio Teas Sleeping Dragon

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass test tube steeper
Liquor: pale gold

This green tea was a bit unusual. The dry leaves resembled something between gunpowder type tea  and rolled oolong. As they slowly unfurled in the water, I was reminded that the Chinese name for oolong means black dragon. I see what you did there +Adagio Teas! The taste was light and refreshing with a mild vegetal astringency. Mellow fruity notes added a subtle sweetness and just a hint of smokiness. Otherwise this was a fairly uncomplicated cup. By that I meant to say that this tea is easy going and understated. There are times when I just want a simple cup of green tea and this tea suits that purpose perfectly. I used a small test tube style steeper so I was able to get three consistent infusions. It would work just as well if you opted for a gaiwan or even an western style teapot. This would be a great choice for those who do not like grassy greens.

Sleeping Dragon sample provided by Adagio Teas.