REVIEW: Teasenz – West Lake Dragon Well (2014)

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Tea and origin: Green tea from the West Lake Mountain Area, Zhejiang, China
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I’m not the most discerning Dragon Well drinker. It is a tea that has never grown on me. I don’t dislike the tea, or I would never agree to review it, but I keep wrestling with Dragon Wells, thinking that I can find one that’s for me. Read on to see if this Dragon Well convinced me.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of long, flat leaves that range in colour from dark green to lime green. It has a strong sweet, grassy aroma. When the dry leaf is added to warmed crockery, a nutty aroma is exposed

Infused tea: The tea cups out a light green liquor with a strong nutty, grassy aroma. In my opinion, the liquor has classic Dragon Well flavours that are a complex combination of nutty and grassy notes. The tea is medium-bodied and has little astringency

Infusion tips: I found a two-minute steeping for the first infusion with 80 to 85C water to be best. Increase steeping time 30 seconds for subsequent infusions. Try infusing this tea three times

Conclusions: From a purely objective standpoint, this tea has loads of aroma and classic Dragon Well flavours. I do admire the complexity in this tea, and I can imagine that it would appeal to Dragon Well lovers. It hasn’t convinced me that Dragon Wells are a tea that I will go out of my way for, but I will occasionally savour the nutty, grassy flavours in this tea when needing something different

Retail price: 15 grams for $2.74 / 70 grams for $10.95 / 200 grams for $28.14

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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