Review: Dragon Well

Dragonwell Tea, Green Tea, Longjing Tea, Add comments
Dan’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"A subtle yet deliciously-flavored Longjing, that could perhaps benefit from more boldness in those subtle flavors. Then again, there is a time and place that this exact tea fits snugly into, and does that job very nicely."
Dan’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Lynn gave it 9/10, Brad gave it 7.5/10, Vanessa gave it 8.5/10
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weareteadragonwellAward-winning teas aren't exactly few and far between these days. With an ever-growing number of organizations around the world gravitating toward giving out kudos for fine products, it seems to de-sensitive us to those truly special and unique teas out there. Call me curmudgeon, I guess. claims a two-gold-star winner in their Dragon Well green tea. Dragonwell is a first-spring-flush plucked tea that is pressed and roasted, and is generally my favorite type of green tea. I've been highly impressed with most Longjing teas I've encountered. This one is very lovely indeed, but perhaps not as immediately impressive as the others I've come across.

The dried leaf gives off a pleasantly earthy vibe for a green. Typically that sort of forest-floor-scent is found in funkier black teas, but here it plays alongside the grassy notes. I don't get much of a sweetness on the nose from this selection, as I have in the past with other Longjing teas. However, that sweetness does come out in the cup. The majority of the leaves are intact, extremely dry and crispy, and a nice subtle color shift between deep forest green and lighter yellow-pale green tones.
A 2 minute brew seems just-right for this tea, and although I tried to keep the temperature pretty low, I suspect I ended up using 180-185 degree water instead of 165-170, which may or may not be more appropriate. But this is the kind of tea that can absorb vast differential in brewing parameters (occasionally offering benefits of varied flavor palettes while remaining tasty!), so I'm not all that concerned. The cup brews up a crisp, uber-clear pale yellow. The first infusion offers a very mellow flavor - ever-so-subtly sweet and mild all around. The second infusion is a little more bold on color, as well as flavor. That sweetness intensifies, alongside all other components of the tea's flavor as well. Included in those other flavors are toasted-bread, a subtle nuttiness, and even a light garbanzo bean flavor.

I'm a bit torn on this tea's flavor presentation. On the one hand, the subtleness has an element of intrigue, coupled with being just right for those occasions when you are looking exactly for that subtle flavor. On the other hand, I can't help but find myself wanting a smidgen more strength in the flavors that ARE there. They are very nice indeed, and if they were intensified a bit, the tea could truly benefit from that. I know I've encountered that before, and I hesitate to compare since I like to give a tea it's own props as it stands on its own. But overall, this is a very nice Longjing that's pretty much demanding repeat tastings for further exploration. I'll be happy to oblige.

— To purchase 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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