Review: Teasatia Super Dragonwell

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Its OK"The asparagus and artichoke vegetal flavour lingers into the aftertaste, and a slight bitterness balances well with the subtle nuttiness."
Katie’s Teaview: 6.6/10
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From Huangzhou in the Zeijang Province, China, these leaves are broad and flat and a dull green colour, and they have some fuzzy yellow balls strewn throughout. I've never seen these personally before, but I have heard of them showing up from time to time in long jings, and based on what I can find, they're probably the result of one or two things. One, they could be because of machine-processing. The machine rubs the the silver tips off the tea and rolls them into uniform balls, though for the record, machine-processed tea isn't necessarily better than hand-processed. Alternatively, the balls and leaves could be a by-product of a better Dragonwell tea. After the good Longjing leaves are removed, crushed leaves and puffballs are left. If I had to guess, I'd guess the former because these leaves aren't broken enough to make me think they're the leftovers, but I wouldn't be shocked if the answer is something else entirely.

Three minutes, 180°. The pale, slightly cloudy yellow-green liquor smells bright and vibrantly vegetal. The asparagus and artichoke vegetal flavour lingers into the aftertaste, and a slight bitterness balances well with the subtle nuttiness. I attempt a second steep, but the flavour is too flat to be worth it.

I then try to brew some fresh leaf the lazy way: Put in cup, add hot water, sip while straining leaf through teeth, add more water as necessary. It is smooth and surprisingly simple, mostly nutty and vegetal. It's a good tea for this sort of brewing because it doesn't get any more bitter with time, and I enjoyed it pretty equally prepared both ways.

This isn't nearly the lowest quality Dragonwell I've tried, but it isn't the best, either. It's a good mid-to-high range tea, but it lacks the delicate sweetness and depth of a great DW. It's not a bad choice if you want something better than average without dropping the big bucks, but I don't love it.

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