Review: Narien Teas Dragonwell

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Its OK"The tea had some very good qualities, including a sweet grassiness and a nutty element to it, but there was a pungent bitterness to this tea that just overpowered everything positive that this tea had going for it. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Steven gave it 8/10
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nariendragonwellDragonwell (aka LungChing) is a type of green tea which I am particularly fond of because of its characteristic mild flavor when compared to other green teas, which can sometimes be viewed as overly vegetal. Visually, Narien's version of this tea is a good representative of what Dragonwell should look like; the leaves are broad, flattened, and crispy, all evidence of the meticulous pan-cooking and hand-pressing required to produce this type of tea. As I was really in the mood for a good cup of Dragonwell, I had high hopes for this tea. I brewed my sample by infusing about one and a half teaspoons of water in sub-boiling water for about three minutes. I noticed immediately that the tea was a bit darker in color than I was expecting; whereas Dragonwell usually brews to a pale yellowish-green color, this cup's coloration was more of a yellowish-red. Tastewise, this was not a terrible brew, but I would be lying if I said it was the best Dragonwell I ever had. The tea had some very good qualities, including a sweet grassiness and a nutty element to it, but there was a pungent bitterness to this tea that just overpowered everything positive that this tea had going for it. My tastebuds may have been expecting a gentle nudge from a mild tea; instead they got a pretty powerful hit of a relatively strong green tea. Narien's website includes customer reviews, and all of the reviews of this tea are 5-star ratings. While I can see that veteran green tea drinkers will be satisfied with this tea, I don't think it really deserves a 5-star rating. I'll reiterate that it is a decent brew, but it does have a less-than-desirable bitterness/astringency to it that makes it lose points with me. Because it is a mild version of green tea, Dragonwell is the green type I normally recommend to those that are just starting to explore green tea. However, Narien's Dragonwell is a bit too strong and is not something I would recommend to green tea newcomers.

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