Review: Andao Organic Supreme Dragon Well

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Its OK"The flavor was indeed toasty and chestnut-like, with a silvery, spring water finish without much aroma. It was not the most flavorful Dragon Well I have tasted, but it wasn't bad. "
Lynn’s Teaview: 5/10
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andaodragonwellI enjoyed Andao's directions for preparing this tea:

Preferred Method: Glass Teapot 200 ml
Acceptable Method: Gaiwan 200 ml
If You Must: Teapot

Fortunately, I have a 200 ml glass teapot.

Dragon Well, or Longjing, is a pan-fired Chinese green tea known for its soft, toasty flavor, with chestnut overtones. The leaves are either "bird beak" shaped, or pressed lengthwise into long, flat blade shapes. Andao's Organic Dragon Well is of the long, flat variety.

Carefully following their directions, I weighed out 3 grams of the dry leaves (approx. 2 generous teaspoons) and infused them in 200 ml of 175F water for the recommended two minutes. Two or three infusions are expected of a good Dragon Well, the first two for about two minutes and the third for three. These are general guidelines, of course, and subject to personal taste.

I love to watch Dragon Wells steep. At first the long leaves float in a thick mat just under the surface of the water. Then slowly, one by one, they begin to fall like autumn leaves. A two-minute steep yielded a pale jade-colored liquor with a nutty, vegetal aroma. The flavor was indeed toasty and chestnut-like, with a silvery, spring water finish without much aroma. It was not the most flavorful Dragon Well I have tasted, but it wasn't bad.

The second two-minute steep smelled rather sweet, like freshly cut grass, but the flavor was already fading. There was primarily a slight bitterness to it now.

A third steep of three minutes had good color, but little fragrance and less flavor. Even the bitterness was gone, leaving little in its wake. Overall, this was not an impressive tea.

— To purchase Andao Organic Supreme 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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