Review: Dao Tea Early Spring Long Jing

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Thumbs up!"A tea like this is the reason that Long Jing (or Dragonwell) tea remains my tried and true favorite green tea. This particular offering has the perfect balance of flavors- it is neither too vegetal nor too bitter, and has a noticeably sweet chestnut finish."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9/10
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daotealongjingEarly Spring Long Jing is my second experience with Dao Tea. This is a tea company that definitely enjoys the art of tea, emphasizing the origins and manufacture of the tea as well as the quality and taste of the tea. The Dao website and catalog give off vibes of celebrating the tea-making process and savoring each sip; certainly they don’t intend for their teas to be carelessly prepared and mindlessly sipped. The Early Spring Long Jing (aka Dragonwell) is a green tea grown and prepared by a tea master who, although over 70 years old, is apparently still nimble enough to produce an outstanding cup of tea. The dry leaves are a vibrant spring green color and are long and broad in shape. The brewed liquid is a pale yellow color and it emits a pleasantly sweet and nutty fragrance. The flavor of this tea is truly delightful; a tea like this is the reason that Long Jing (or Dragonwell) tea remains my tried and true favorite green tea. This particular offering has the perfect balance of flavors- it is neither too vegetal nor too bitter, and has a noticeably sweet chestnut finish. I prepared this tea two different ways. First, I used the standard infusion and removed the tea leaves. Prepared this way, the tea was perfect, and I couldn’t find a single complaint about this tea. For my second preparation, I was inspired by the Dao catalog which suggests: “After one minute, you can strain the tea or, like Master Weng himself, take slow sips once the leaves are at the bottom of the cup.” I waited rather patiently for the tea leaves to settle to the bottom of the cup, but my leaves were in no hurry. I ended up sipping while most of the leaves were still at the surface, which resulted in the stray leaf or two making its way into my mouth. And by the time the leaves all did settle (with some coaxing by a spoon), the tea had a little but of bitterness to it, although it was not decidedly so. Still, the ten minute plus steeping changed the flavor profile ever so slightly. It was still delicious, but I preferred the tea when prepared in my traditional infuse-and-strain method. Still, in all, this was a great selection from Dao, and one I would unhesitatingly recommend. I am writing this review the day after sampling this tea, and I find myself craving more of this tea.

— To purchase Dao Tea Early Spring Long Jing, 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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