Review: Yezi Tea Dragon Well Master Grade

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Thumbs up!"A an excellent, certifiable, specimen of what Dragon Well should be."
CJ’s Teaview: 10/10
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yezidragonwellmasterAmong the charms of Chinese tea is the lore associated with it.  Every tea has a fairy-tale type legend to tell, passed on by generations of tea lovers, growers, and masters.

Dragon Well, ("Long Jing" in Chinese,) is perhaps the most straightforward of Chinese tea monikers.  Grown in an area purported to have been the home of a peaceful dragon that lived in a well, it is among the most revered of teas of the culture. Long Jing leaves are lovely to behold; small, thin and flat, shaped somewhere between a sunflower seed and a grain of rice, and yellow-green in color.  It is a well-balanced tea, straightforward providing both vegetal and sweet flavors.

Yezi's version comes from a farm that's been growing Long Jing since the Qing Dynasty, the last of the Chinese Imperial rules. Since the current farmer calls herself a "third generation" tea grower, that means the farm has been around since about the turn of the last century.

My expectations were high. A hundred years or so is sufficient time to master the production of what the Chinese call the "Princess of Green Teas." I wasn't disappointed.This "master grade" Dragon Well lived up to its designation.  The flavor was complex, yet smooth, offering a bouquet of grass, jasmine, spinach, pears...all things green and good!  I recommend that lovers of green tea stock up on this.

Not only does it taste wonderful, Yezi makes it easy to know exactly where this tea comes from, (the town of Longjing near the West Lake of the Zhe Jiang Province.)   It includes an entire profile on the farmer, Zheng Xiao Tu. In an age where some teas are highly processed, flavored, mixed, and handled by an unknown number of parties, a link to the farm is worth quite a lot in my book. I rate this Long Jing a 10.

— To purchase Yezi Tea Dragon Well Master Grade, 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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