|"Finding a Long Jing perfectly balanced with delicate notes and a prominent nuttiness is awfully hard to come by, but Canton's Dragon Well is spot on."|
Finding a Long Jing perfectly balanced with delicate notes and a prominent nuttiness is awfully hard to come by, but Canton's Dragon Well is spot on. Each brew is delightfully light, smooth, aromatic, and chock full of the indispensable chestnut notes.
From the light jade color of the leaves to the ambrosial fragrance of the brew, everything about Canton's Dragon Well trumpets its commendable nature. That said, the tea misses the last few elements capable of providing that extra oomph. Simply put, while each brew doesn't offer any pleasantries outside the ordinary, it checks off (and impressively so) the demanding list for a top Dragon Well.
Expect three solid infusions before the flavor profile becomes too faint to fully enjoy. Canton Tea Co. suggests a brewing temperature of 149°F for 2-3 minutes. I opted for water at 175°F with an original infusion at just over one minute, adding about a minute for each subsequent brew.
While Canton Tea has more to offer in their top-grade Long Jings, this particular Dragon Well makes for a fantastic cup at an affordable expense and is about the best "everyday drink" money can buy. Bravo, Canton. You've done it yet again.
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