Review: LeafSpa Organic Dragonwell

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Thumbs up!"Its forgiving nature and low cost make it a perfect work tea for myself, and I'm sure many others."
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leafspadragonwellI've been unsure how to review this tea because, as often happens, there are a few ways to view it. If you're a die-hard Dragonwell fan who only prefers the best, apologies to LeafSpa, but this isn't for you. Of course, with a price tag of $15 for 3.7 ounces/105 grams, including a tin, you can assume this isn't prime leaf. So I guess it comes down to a matter of taste.

The cup brews up to a strikingly deep hue, more amber than yellow. The leaves are a bit broken and much darker than a traditional quality Dragonwell, but once brewed, they turn the customary pale green. It smells rich and heavy, like it tastes. The tea sits heavy on my tongue with a lingering vegetal flavour. It is much less subtle than a higher quality version of this leaf, which may be something a few people prefer. If you aren't used to a snootier leaf, and you enjoy an in-your-face green, you won't be disappointed.

That being said, even if you prefer higher-end Dragonwells, you won't necessarily dislike this. The leaf is very forgiving. If you want to throw some in hot water then sip away without removing the leaves, you can do so while getting little to no bitterness. Even though I have been sipping away at work, which means I've been heating the water in the microwave and completely guessing on the temperature, I have yet to miss the mark so far as to get an unpleasant cup. I am inclined to think that's due to an easy to steep tea rather than my ninja microwave skills.

Whether or not you'll enjoy this leaf probably depends on what you're looking for. Its forgiving nature and low cost make it a perfect work tea for myself, and I'm sure many others. If you want your Chinese greens to be an Hallelujah, mind-altering cup, skip this on and search elsewhere. Personally, I think I've found my new lazy day green because eventually I'll have to get sick of genmaicha.

— To purchase LeafSpa Organic Dragonwell, 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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