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.
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