Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing)
...TeaVivre's grade 1 Long Jing tea is an absolutely fantastic example of this tea. Mostly handmade it has no hint of bitterness, instead it has a delightfully subtle classic green tea taste and aromatic scent.
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 5 reviewsThis was the first tea I ordered from Teavivre. I was very pleased when I opened the package to be met with the strong grassy and sweet smell. It almost smells like a freshly mowed lawn in the spring. The leaves were of good quality, with almost none broken.
After brewing my first pot, I was pleased with the very vegetal taste and aroma. The taste has a bold vegetal taste, but lacks any bitterness. There are certainly notes of seaweed and grass.
The aroma of the little green swords is sweet, green, and nutty, just the way a good Dragon Well is supposed to smell! There are notes of sharp artichoke, fresh vegetation, sweet peony, toasted sesame seeds, a bit of green beans, and a hint of orchids. This one is surprisingly floral, but it is more like the nectar of the flower rather than a heady scent, it balances well with the green notes.
The first steeping lets me know it is a good, clean, Dragon Well, it does now bowl me over, but it certainly is tasty! It has a rich, full body with a smooth mouthfeel, the taste starts off with bell pepper and green bean, this moves to a tiny bit of artichoke and bamboo leaves, the finish is sweet chestnuts and peony nectar.
Brytta Sóþword (284 reviews) on Sep. 14th, 2014
Update: After trying this at home and at work again, I'm a bit amazed at how much better it tastes at work, indicating that some unknown aspect of water quality is important. I love three vegetal flavor and can get several good cups out of a teaspoon.
Alex Zorach (1274 reviews) on Jun. 5th, 2014
As soon as I opened the package, I was met with a wonderful aroma of fresh green tea, with a strong nutty quality. The leaf is beautiful: long, intact, vibrant yellow-green, and dusty.
The leaf stretches very far...very little leaf is needed to produce a flavorful cup. After experimenting, I decided I liked using a lot less leaf than I normally do for dragon well, maybe about 2/3rds what I normally would use.
Aroma is mellow and nutty, homey tasting, more warming than typical for a green tea. Flavor is bold, with a strong umami (savory) quality, considerable sweetness, and a hint of both sourness and bitterness. Light astringency produces a cup that is light-bodied but never thin.
I preferred steeping for 2 minutes; I tried a longer steep (TeaVivre recommends up to 6 minutes) and the results were good, but this left less flavor for subsequent cups. TeaVivre said to brew at 185F...normally I find Dragon Well is tolerant of even higher brewing temperatures, but for this one I actually liked to go lower. The flavor is very bold and I find a metallic quality comes out if the temperature is too hot.
Easily resteeps, especially if the first steep is shorter, but I found I enjoyed the subsequent steeps slightly less...they are still aromatic, and still flavorful, but I find they lose the warming quality of the first cup.
I enjoyed this tea...it's several steps up in quality (and price) from the "everday" Foojoy Long Jing I drink in quantity. It lacks the complexity of the higher-priced TeaVivre offerings though, two of which are only a few dollars more for 100 grams (one of which is over twice the price). I will say though that I think the leaf stretches farther for this tea, so the difference in price is actually bigger than is suggested by price per weight alone.
This green tea was impressive. The dried leaves are delicate, smell of fresh-cut grass, and open elegantly in my teacup.
I had to drink three cups before I felt I could write a review. The flavor is so light and clean, and I drank it all too quickly, for me to have done it justice with just one tasting. The tea is fresh, simple, cleansing to the palette. There is absolutely no bitterness to be found, even when steeping a tad longer than recommended. The lack of bitterness in aftertaste, just before the sweet bit, may make it seem like less of a green tea experience, but I assure that it is not.
I personally believe that sugar and even honey could ruin the delicate essence of the drink. Maybe a smidge of a light honey would be okay.
Overall, this is the smoothest and lightest green tea I have had the opportunity to enjoy. I will certainly be drinking this for years to come.
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