Review: Grand Tea Xi Hu Dragon Well

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Its OK"Grand Tea is an internet tea shop based out of hong kong, china. They sell a large variety of teas from China: White, Green, Oolong, Black, and Pu-erh, along with more common flavored and scented teas, like green teas infused with Jasmine flowers. The leaves of this Dragon Well are very small and flat, with […]"
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Grand Tea is an internet tea shop based out of hong kong, china. They sell a large variety of teas from China: White, Green, Oolong, Black, and Pu-erh, along with more common flavored and scented teas, like green teas infused with Jasmine flowers.

The leaves of this Dragon Well are very small and flat, with an aroma of some kind of fruit jelly that is rather difficult to place. Perhaps grape jelly or peach preserves.

This tea was brewed gongfu style using 4 grams of leaf in a 150 Milliliter gaiwan.

The first cup was bright, with a spicy aroma followed by the flavor of fried chicken. Some Dragon Well teas will have this aroma, as they are pan fried during processing. However, stronger fried aromas may indicate lower quality.

The body of the first cup was thick, with a bitter, greasy mouthfeel and flavor. Some sweetness appeared, but was very brief. Cooler cups of this tea revealed more sweetness and a heavy vegetal note similar to eating raw broccoli.

The second cup had a thick, buttery body with plenty of roughness and bitterness. Upon letting the tea cool in the small cups, the flavor becomes sweeter, but only if sipped quickly.

The third cup was sweet at first, but quickly changed to a bitter flavor. Once again, cooler cups of this tea were sweeter and had a nut flavor similar to walnuts, but the cool liquor gives way to bitterness as well.

The fourth cup was sweet and slightly vegetal, as the roughness and bitterness had calmed down to a great degree. Notes of walnuts and spice appeared in the cup briefly as well.

The fifth cup had simply run out of flavor, as the result yellow liquor was bland, with few redeeming qualities.

Overall, this Dragon Well had the base flavors of one that could be good, but it was simply too sensitive to standard brewing. A more approachable way to brew this tea would be to place about a teaspoon of leaf in a glass cup and brew it with 130 degree water for a few minutes. The flavor will be much milder and sweeter, without the bitterness or roughness experienced during gongfu style brewing. All in all, a decent daily drinking tea.

— To purchase Grand Tea Xi Hu 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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