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    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.…


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    JING Tea Dragonwell Supreme Organic Green Tea

    Photo: JING Tea Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat, some leaf fuzz Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 160 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale According to +JING Tea‘s website this is their highest quality Dragonwell selection for 2013. The leaves were picked between the 6th and 8th April 2013 from Fengwu tea garden, near the ancient Chinese city of Hangzhou. The taste was mellow, vegetal and refreshing. Notes of chestnut and citrus led to a lingering sweet finish. The mouth-feel was fairly thick with hardly any astringency. I did three consecutive infusions with a gaiwan and it developed a pleasant grassiness as each steep…

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    Zentboutique Long Jing

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: sage green, flat Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 170 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very pale I received this tea as part of the April shipment for Zentboutique’s monthly tea subscription service.The taste was incredibly sweet and delicately vegetal. Subtle notes of chestnut rounded out the flavor profile. There was bitterness and it had a fresh, clean aftertaste. To add sweetener to a tea like this would be a crime. If you feel the need to do so, please don’t tell me about it! My second infusion was just as enjoyable. I never thought about it until I read…

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    JING Tea Organic Dragonwell

    Photo: JING Tea Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 160 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold This tea was subtly vegetal with nutty notes along with an almost floral quality. The mouthfeel was smooth with just a touch of astringency. Each sip had a sweetness in the finish that lingered in my palate in the nicest way. I did three consecutive infusions but it definitely could have gone for a few more rounds. The wonderful thing about Dragonwell is that it is a perfect tea for beginners and also offers a lot to someone who is more experienced. This…

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    Blind Tasting: Dragonwell – Organic vs Organic Supreme

    I haven’t done a blind tasting in a long time and I thought now would be a perfect chance to do that since I happened to have two Dragonwells from +JING Tea. Both teas are organic but one of them is supreme grade. I’ll be reviewing the teas individually after this and will be sure to post the links here once they are published. Before you get to the bottom of the post, see if you can guess which one is which. No cheating! Featured in this post: JING Tea Organic Dragonwell I prepared both teas in porcelain gaiwans using the same parameters, 170 degree water and 30 second infusions. Visually the samples were…

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    Teavivre Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: flat, sage green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 20 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale Following the steeping directions on Teavivre’s site, I brewed this tea in my trusty gaiwan using progressively longer steeps. It was delicate and vegetal with just a touch of brisk astringency. There was a subtle sweetness that lingered long after each sip. I’m a big fan of playing with your leaves and these were extra fun. There were so many complete bud sets and teeny tiny sprouts. There is nothing I love more than a really good Long Jing and that is exactly what this was.…