Review: WeAreTea.com Dragon Well

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Lynn’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!" I was rewarded with a pale gold liquor with a rich, nutty aroma and a smooth, sweet, rather delicate chestnut and toast flavor that slid across my tongue to linger at the back of my mouth. "
Lynn’s Teaview: 9/10
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weareteadragonwellDragon Well, also known as Longjing or Lung Ching, is one of the most famous and beloved teas in China—one of the ten Tribute Teas—and certainly popular in the West. Pan-fired in a wok—often over a wood fire— this tea is known for its toasty, chestnut flavor and aroma. The two traditional conformations are flat-leaf and “bird’s beak” bud sets. The leaves are picked in the early spring, and those harvested before the spring rains begin are considered the best. An old Chinese tea farmer’s lullaby translates as “Three days before the rain is a treasure, and three days after is grass.” (Master Lam Kam Chuen, The Way of Tea)

WeAreTea’s offering, winner of the 2009 Great Taste Award (given out by a UK trade association called the Guild of Fine Food) is the flat-leaf variety, dark green with a hint of sheen and, dry, a slightly sweet and sour smell. The website listing makes no mention of rain, but does say it was picked in the early spring.

Two or three two-minute infusions are recommended, so I brewed 3 g. (a generous two teaspoons) of dry leaves in a cup of 175F water for two minutes. I was rewarded with a pale gold liquor with a rich, nutty aroma and a smooth, sweet, rather delicate chestnut and toast flavor that slid across my tongue to linger at the back of my mouth.

A second two-minute infusion produced another pale golden liquor with a slightly more vegetal note woven in with the nutty aroma. The chestnut flavor came through delicately but clearly, more pronounced at the back of the throat.

All in all, so far this is a very nice Dragon Well, though not the most intensely flavorful I have tasted. But very good all the same.

Lately I’ve read several articles on line saying that Dragon Well can actually be infused at near boiling temperatures, and that a good quality tea should not become bitter. Curious, I decided to sacrifice the last of my sample for the test. I brought my water temperature up to 208F and infused the last two grams of the sample in six ounces of water for two minutes. The resulting liquor a bit darker than the first steeping of the lower temperature, and the chestnut aroma was noticeably stronger, with an added meadowy sweetness. The chestnut flavor was much stronger now! It rolled over the tongue with only the faintest hint of bitter along the edges, but worth it for the enhanced flavor. I have to say I like this tea better at the higher temperature. A caveat, however: the same sites that advised the higher temperature also warned that only fine quality Dragon Wells can stand up to the heat without going bitter. If that is indeed the case, then WeAreTea’s offering stands up to the test very nicely.

— To purchase WeAreTea.com 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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