Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tea Review: Lung Ching/Dragonwell (Friday Afternoon)

Lung Ching (Dragonwell)
Friday Afternoon
Type:  Green
Origin:  Not Provided
Product Description:  More commonly known as Dragonwell, this toasted green tea is a delight for those who prefer a lighter, less vegetal cup.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is green and peppery, with salty marine notes.

The light golden green infusion has a toasty green aroma that reminds me of freshly cut grass warming under the sun.  The taste is fresh and green, moderately astringent with a long green finish.

At first sip, I thought this tea may have been more flavorful after steeping for 3 minutes, but the astringency kicked in moments later and was just what was needed to wake up my taste buds.  The color holds out well through multiple steepings and the astringency faded by the third cup, while the toastiness became more pronounced.  That third steeping might be ideal for people who prefer less astringency.  The salty green aroma of the dry leaves was a surprise and reminded me of a favorite herb-encrusted dish.

This tea was received as a gift.

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