Friday, March 8, 2013

Tea Review: Dragonwell Tea (Perennial Tea Room)

Dragonwell Tea (Organic)
Perennial Tea Room
Type: Green
Origin: China, Zhejiang Province
Product Description:  China's most famous tea, also called Longjing.  Imported by Silk Road Teas, 2012 picking.  The leaves have the aroma of a meadow on a sunny day.  Flat, smooth leaves steep to an emerald liquor with a distinctive sweetness.  Locals who live in Hangshou China liken the taste to the morning dew, and a yearly festival is built around this famous tea at the spring harvest.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 2.5 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is sweet and reminds me of honey on toast.

The light yellow-green infusion has a sweet, grassy-green aroma that takes on floral notes over multiple steepings.  The taste is green, toasty, lightly astringent and has a long velvet finish.

 I found that the flavor, aroma and color remained fairly consistent over three steepings.  The toasted green flavor that I find particularly desirable is present and the aroma and taste are strong enough to wake up the senses without being too astringent.  This is a tea that stands well alone, but won't lose its character when enjoyed with a meal.




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