Review: Teavivre Premium Grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing)

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Its OK"The characteristic nutty sweetness was all but absent, and if I am to be completely honest, it is very possible that, due to the intense vegetal flavor, I would have mistaken this tea as a sencha if I was ignorant of what kind of tea it was. "
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Since Dragonwell tea is among my very favorite types of green tea, I am always up for sampling this kind of tea whenever it becomes available. Teavivre offers two varieties of Dragon Well, with their Premium Grade being a bit more expensive (but still reasonably priced) and described as a tea that "has no hint of bitterness, instead it has a delightfully subtle classic green tea taste and aromatic scent". As I began to prepare this tea, the first thing that caught my attention was the color of the leaves. While the shape of the leaves was exactly what I expected, the color was a bit brighter than I am used to seeing in this particular type of tea. Instead of a dull olive shade of green, these leaves were much darker and more vibrant in color. The next thing that captured my attention was the smell of the dry leaves which, again, defied my expectations. In place of the sweet nuttiness I was anticipating, this tea instead has a very strong vegetal aroma. I proceeded with preparing this tea by using 180-degree water and infusing the leaves (one teaspoon of leaves per cup of tea) for three minutes. The liquid is a bright yellowish-green. The flavor of this tea is very green and rather intense. I think that one of the reasons Dragon Well is one of my favorite green teas is that it, typically, has a rather subdued vegetal quality and is a mellow green tea with lots of sweet and nutty flavor. In this particular case, however, the vegetal quality dominates the brew, and despite the description that was provided by Teavivre, I did experience a little tinge of bitterness. The characteristic nutty sweetness was all but absent, and if I am to be completely honest, it is very possible that, due to the intense vegetal flavor, I would have mistaken this tea as a sencha if I was ignorant of what kind of tea it was. In all, it is not a bad tea. As green teas in general go, the flavor is strong, fresh, and clean. But it is unlike any other Dragon Well I have ever had, and for me, that wasn't a positive thing.

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