Review: JING Pre-Rain Organic Dragon Well Supreme

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Thumbs up!"This tea provides a lovely balance between strength and smoothness. It's alternately lemony, nutty and vegetal profile is very addictive and incredibly refreshing. A truly supreme Dragon Well!"
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.4/10
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jingpreraindragonwellI've never quite understood what the big deal was about Dragon Well teas. I've had some nice ones but they never justified the hype around these leaves. Pan fried by a Chinese tea master, this offering promised to finally explain what all the excitement was about. Taking a look at my sample, the crisp, flat leaves are the colour of over-cooked asparagus. They smell both lightly floral and nutty, sort of like coconut water.

At the time of writing, this tea is currently out of stock and isn't featured on Jing's website. I followed the suggested directions for their regular Dragon Well, infusing a tablespoonful of leaves in water heated to 80 degrees Celsius for 3 and a half minutes. The resulting liquor is a cloudy shade of greenish gold. It's aroma is a complex mixture of nuts, roasted barley and cooked leafy greens... yum! I've never tasted a Dragon Well quite like this: it's alternately lemony, nutty and vegetal. At the same time, it has quite a bit of sweetness to it and a buttery body. For a few seconds out of each sip it tastes like lemonade but then roasted grain and water chestnut notes take over. There is a touch of astringency and asparagus to the finish. The aftertaste is quite long lasting and reminds me of grapefruit. Smooth and perfectly balanced, this is a tea that I would not tire of easily.

After 4 and half minutes my second steep isn't nearly as memorable. It falls in with what the majority of Dragon Wells provide: mild spinach and nut notes. The finish feels much rougher. While this cup was entirely drinkable, I'm not inclined to re-steep the leaves in the future.

This tea was an Aha! moment for me. I now understand what people are hoping for in Dragon Wells. The lovely balance between strength and smoothness it provides is very addictive and incredibly refreshing. It also explains why the name has been usurped by unscrupulous tea vendors trying to cash in on their popularity. This offering is pricey but is well worth a splurge for die-hard fans. Next April's harvest will no doubt bring about another memorable brew.

— To purchase JING Pre-Rain Organic Dragon Well Supreme, 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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