Monday, April 14, 2014

Tea Review: Dragonwell (Shen Zen Tea)

Dragonwell
Shen Zen Tea
Type: Green
Origin: China, Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou
Product Description: Our dragonwell green tea is hand roasted in small catches and brews rich flavors with vegetal and earthy notes. A cup of our dragonwell tea carries aromas reminiscent of roasted chestnuts.

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

The dry leaves have a toasty, green, nutty aroma with a hint of cocoa.

The infusion is pale yellow-green with an aroma that is green and nutty with a hint of soybean.

The taste is green, nutty, and buttery smooth, like macadamia or chestnuts, with moderate astringency and a long green finish.

There appear to be some buds blended in, judging by the color of the dry leaves and the silver "hair" floating in the infusion.  While this adds to the velvety mouth feel, it doesn't hinder the crisp green astringency.  The packaging recommends doubling the amount of leaves and steeping at 185 for 4 minutes.  I found that a slightly lower temperature and time, and single portion of leaves produced a great cup of tea.  However, the packaging recommendation will likely produce a bold green flavor and aroma, and a deeper golden infusion that many may find quite desirable.




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