Review: Canton Tea Co. Organic Dragon Well

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Thumbs up!"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."
Daniel’s Teaview: 8/10
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cantonorganicdragonwellHaving previously experienced Canton's Superior and Imperial Grade Long Jings, I was eager to try their "standard" and more humbly priced Dragon Well. While Canton's higher grades are understandably finer in their overarching quality, the lowest grade is far more than an affordable, everyday alternative to the premier grades. Delightedly, the tea triumphantly stands on the many merits of its own.

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.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Organic Dragon Well, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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