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Kmidst

(14 reviews)

2014 Pre-Qingming Da Fo (Great Buddha) Long Jing first day harvest from Life in Teacup

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 15th, 2014

This is how a dragonwell should be! The aroma was beautiful, thick and sweet and nutty with a vegetal tinge. The color (when brewed just right) comes out light-golden, like midday summer sunlight. I loved the flavor, it tasted just like I wanted it to - delicate and sweet with that classic dragonwell character. Felt sm...

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2014 Pre-Qingming An Ji Bai Cha First Day Harvest from Life in Teacup

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Zhejiang, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2014

(Update) The previous review I did may not have been completely fair to this tea. I brewed it slightly different this time, using a little more leaf, a little less water, and just under 3 minutes for the steep. It's a great tea actually! Very light in color, aromatic, velvety smooth, and clean/pure in flavor. It's kind...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Zhejiang Wild-Growing Dragon Well 'Long Jing' Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2014

The aroma of the leaves is delightfully sweet and nutty, like roasted sesame seeds and a tiny touch of peanuts. This transitions to spinach and a tiny bit of sharp artichoke at the finish, so the aroma has a nice zingy finish.

The taste starts out sweet with notes of honey sesame candies and a touch of chestnut. Th...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Dragonwell Green Tea from Simply Good Tea

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 12th, 2014

A sample from the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival. This was a classic dragonwell, typical in all respects for what I expect from this style of tea, fresh, and good in quality.

Dry leaf looks well-formed and golden yellow, intact leaf, and smells fresh, with a strong and pleasing nutty aroma!

Upon brewing, p...

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Dragon Well #4 Green Tea from San Francisco Herb Company

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 7th, 2014

Thank you Dewey for providing me with this sample!

This is a low grade of tea, fourth grade, and is incredibly cheap, a pound for under $14. That said, I'm completely blown away. It's fresh, aromatic, smooth in flavor, and better than a lot of dragon well marketed as higher-grade. It feels much lower in caffeine,...

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Brytta Sóþword

(321 reviews)
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Premium Grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2014

I really enjoyed this fresh, smooth tea. Interestingly, I found it quite easy to brew at work, where the hot, filtered water is at a set temperature. I'm still playing around with preparing it at home. Regardless, it has proven a solid, calming cup whether alone or with food.

Update: After trying this at home and at...

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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 10th, 2014

I could definitely taste a little chestnut and a little grassiness in the flavor and was delighted by the leaves. Shortly after I first brewed this, I noticed a light astringency or bitterness in the aftertaste. As I drank, this finish became smoother and more muted. The same thing happened with the second cup. I belie...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Zhejiang Purple Bamboo Shoot 'Zi Sun Cha' Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Pure Tea (Camellia sinensis) – Region: Zhejiang, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is intense and complex, it is one of those teas that when I open the little foil package I am slammed with aroma, no need to stick my nose into the pouch, the aroma comes to me. There are initial notes of hay, a touch of spinach, and bit of tomato leaf, and a finish of sesame seed. As I snif...

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Dragon Well from Kedocay

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is a mix of vegetal and toasted, with notes of toasted sesame seeds, green beans, and a touch of actual toasted bread. There is a slightly sweet honey finish, it vaguely reminds me of halva, a delicious honey and sesame seed dessert.

The first steep is delicate and soft, I say soft because the mouthfeel is...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 16th, 2014

Update: I sampled this tea again and while I still preferred the Ming Qian variant, I think the difference was a little smaller this year. I enjoyed both of this year's (2016) teas better than my memories of the previous year, although they were all consistently good in both years.

Original review:

This is now t...

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Premium Grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

This is the lowest-priced of the dragon well teas I've tried yet from TeaVivre, and it's still top-notch, although slightly less complex.

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 ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Anji White Tea- Anji Bai Cha from Teasenz

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Anji, Zhejiang, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 11th, 2014

The aroma is very delicate and very fresh, a mellow blend of fruit like sweetness and roasted chestnuts. Of course there is a vegetal presence, it is one of green beans and fresh vegetation, there is also a delicate hint of flowers at the finish. This tea smells wonderful, it has my favorite aspects of a delicate Chine...

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West Lake Dragon Well Tea Long Jing from Teasenz

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 8th, 2014

The aroma of the leaves is very rich and vegetal, like asparagus or even green bean casserole. There is also a hint of chestnut, an even smaller hint of pepper, and sweetness as an afterthought. This tea smells delicious and is making me more than a little hungry.

The taste is very smooth and mild, I am amazed how c...

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Organic Dehydrated Camellia from TeaVivre

Style: Tea Flowers – Region: Zhejiang, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma is a bit surprising, instead of smelling like flowers it smells like a blend of baking bread, cooked squash, and dried persimmons. It is really quite a fascinating aroma, very warm and almost autumnal in its quality.

The taste is honey sweet, specifically it reminds me of the richness of clover honey and t...

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Brytta Sóþword

(321 reviews)
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China Green Tips Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2014

THIS tea. This may be the beginning to solving a mystery.

You see, when I lived in Japan for a year, I would make and enjoy teas just like this. I really love this flavor of green tea. It tastes and especially smells great.

*However*, after almost a year, I realized that certain green teas caused what I'm guessin...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Green Tea from Starway (Tea King of China)

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 20th, 2014

Another cheap green tea from this company, less impressive than the others but still pleasant and drinkable. Dry leaf smells mildly like a low-quality chun mee or mid-quality gunpowder tea. The leaf looks a bit intermediate between the two; it's dusty gray-green, and has a mixture of more narrow and wider twisted pie...

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Billy Graham

(1 review)
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Anji Bai Cha from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Anji, Zhejiang, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 3rd, 2013

What a delightful and relaxing tea.

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 6th, 2013

If you are looking for a truly great Long Jing (Dragon Well) tea, then this is the one to buy. I have tried dozens over the past decade, and none could stand up to this. Sweet and fresh, light and flavorful. You can really taste the springtime in this tea, which leaves a wonderful feel in your mouth long after the liqu...

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Jose Luis Denis

(116 reviews)
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Dragonwell Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 2nd, 2013

This tea taste herbal and it´s good because has a lot the catechins (This green tea is the most catechins has).

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 19th, 2013

It's been a long time since I've had a Dragon Well. I thought this was a good sample, yummy and mellow, and nice to relax with at lunch... albeit a little pricey for everyday. It reminded me a little of pea soup, in a good way mind you. I didn't taste chestnut hints, as the description suggestions, but I'm not disap...

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Elonwy

(2 reviews)
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Premium Grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2013

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 f...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 17th, 2013

What a delicious tea! The aroma is very bright and green, vegetal and fresh like a nose full of spring-time.

It has all the aspects of Long Jing but better, the taste is intense but also mellow. Green, vegetal, tart (not bitter or sour, but tart like fruit) and subtly sweet with floral notes. There is also the afte...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 15th, 2013

This is my favorite Dragon Well ever sampled, and the third top-notch dragon well tea that I've tried from TeaVivre. This tea tasted more similar to TeaVivre's organic offering than their Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea.

The dry leaf smells amazing!!! It smells very bold and strong.

When brewed, ar...

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Dragon Well Lung Ching from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

I was really impressed with Imperial Tea Garden's Hunan green teas. This tea though, did not impress me.

This did not taste like a dragon well. Aroma grassy but also quite smokey--a quality I never encounter in true, high-quality dragon well. Toasty, but with more bite, less smoothness.

Not quite as bad as som...

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spaflam

(177 reviews)
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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 24th, 2013

A decent bagged tea available everywhere (and I mean EVERYWHERE) that Starbucks is served - offices, Barnes & Noble, airports, even the local library - I can get a quick cup of this in a pinch. Vegetal and green - a bit "dry" tasting - so I add sweetener sometimes. (For shame, I know!) I love green teas but this is j...

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