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.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.