Review: Nature’s Tea Leaf Dragon Well Green

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Thumbs up!"This tea brewed nice, giving a dandelion yellow liquor. It reminded me of spring with a hint of jasmine and a slight mint taste at the end. "
Samantha’s Teaview: 7.8/10
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Some leaves have an ancient story, others tell one as they unfurl in your cup.
Dragon Well, also known as Long Jing has a history that goes back 1200 years, to a time of emperors and ancient mythology. There are many stories about how dragon well gained imperial status as a tribute tea in the 17th century, as well as multiple renditions of the legend of the dragon and how this tea acquired it's name.

Dragon well is plucked early in the spring, leaves are pressed flat in a firing wok. Surprisingly dragon well, second to white tea has a high concentration of catechins (flavonoid). Being a biochemist (warning this may get a bit nerdy for you) I found it interesting that these catechins give a taste that is described as not exactly astringent, nor bitter. I could get very detailed here but I'll leave it at this, catechins have been found to attack free radicals (the bad guys) which could cause disease. Green tea, since it is not oxidized contains more of its chemical elements compared to other teas, catechins being some of these chemicals.

To get back on track, Nature's Tea Leaf's Dragon Well was a bit more floral than I expected, in scent and taste. I followed their suggestions and used 2 teaspoons of leaves for 1 minute in 8 oz. of filtered water. This tea brewed nice, giving a dandelion yellow liquor. It reminded me of spring with a hint of jasmine and a slight mint taste at the end. There was also a citrus-y smooth taste with a mineral or stone texture to the tongue. I did find the characteristic nut taste a bit lacking in this tea.

For my second brew I steeped for 2 minutes. The mint flavor seemed more pronounced in the second brew compared to the first. This tea would be great as a nice iced summer refresher.

— To purchase Nature’s Tea Leaf Dragon Well Green, 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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