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Brytta Sóþword

(315 reviews)
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Lung Ching (Lungching) Green Tea from Foojoy

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 28th, 2014

This is the first dragon well tea I've tried and, based on my experience, I really must try more. There is an undertone of baked flavor, but I like it and think it compliments the tea well. It adds complexity without becoming dominant.

I brewed this at 175 °F for 3 minutes. Interestingly, the appearance changed not...

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Alex Zorach

(1402 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.

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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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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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Ann Ferro

(1 review)
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Dragon Well Green Tea from Novus Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 7th, 2014

I have also never had Dragon Well Green Tea, but I have had several other Chinese Green teas so when I was given this tea by a friend, I just had to try it. I definitely enjoyed this tea, but I found that it seemed to lack a robustness that I personally enjoy. I think this is a tea that would be suitable to the novice ...

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Lung Ching (Lungching) Green Tea from Foojoy

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 19th, 2014

The first inexpensive dragon well or long jing green tea that I've tried that I thought worth drinking. A relatively low grade of dragon well, but recognizable as its style, and pleasant.

Dry leaf looks quite broken, honestly doesn't look the best quality, but it has a rich and pleasing aroma. The aroma resembles ...

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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

(1402 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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Dragon Well Loose Green Tea from Wegmans

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2013

I've sampled a bunch of dragonwell lately and most of it either falls really solidly into the legit zone, or is unrecognizable as its style and not particularly pleasant to drink. This one is somewhere in between. I'd say it's legit but among the lower-end of the teas I'd label in this fashion. Think enjoyable, but ...

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Dragonwell Lung Ching Green Tea from Arbor Teas

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

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 18th, 2012

After being really impressed with the first four teas I had sampled from Arbor Teas a while back, I recommended them to a friend, who bought this tea from them. He was very impressed with the Gyokuro he bought, but he gave me this one because he said he didn't like it and it didn't taste like long jing.

I think if ...

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Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 20th, 2012

This struck me as a very high-quality tea, quite distinct from any other dragon well / long jing, and unlike anything I have ever tried. A bit more like yellow tea than green tea.

Dry leaf is golden-green, and has a very fine and extremely dusty appearance, and is very powerfully aromatic, with a deeper, toastier a...

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Organic Superfine Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 28th, 2012

The more high-quality loose-leaf dragonwell I try, the more I realize how diverse this type of tea can be. This tea was pleasant and easy to brew, and among the best loose-leaf dragonwells that I've sampled.

Dry leaf looks dusty, yellowish, and smells very pleasing, strongly aromatic, with a typical smell for high-...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Dragon Well Green Tea from Novus Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 1st, 2012

I've never had Dragon Well Tea so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I ended up enjoying it. This tea was more herby or grassy than what I'm used to, but it wasn't overbearing. I thought it was pretty smooth and it didn't leave any strange aftertastes - although it's not my favorite I would drink this tea again!

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Jenn Ingle

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Dragonwell Green Tea from Teavana

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 24th, 2012

Dragon Well greens teas are my favorite of the greens. This one is the perfect balance of bright grassy flavor and more mellow earthy tastes. I'm not sure the exact specs on when this particular Dragon Well was picked or what flush it might be but regardless its flavor works for me! :)

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Dragonwell from Adagio Teas

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 4th, 2011

I tried brewing this by the exact same method I had brewed Novus' dragonwell; both were similar portions of whole-leaf tea in pyramid sachets. Although Novus can't really compare with Adagio, as a whole, I think on this particular tea, Adagio's tea fell short.

The first infusion was very flavorful, rich, and aromat...

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2011 Pre-Qingming Shi Feng Long Jing from Weng Jia Shan from Life in Teacup

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 22nd, 2011

Somehow this review got lost, so I'm posting it after the fact! This is my favorite dragon well I've tried yet. Most of what I've tried has either been too weak, or had objectionable qualities.

This is a powerful tea...not much leaf is needed to brew a strong cup. If you're used to brewing dragon well, even highe...

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Pancakes

(23 reviews)
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Dragon Well 2nd Grade from Ten Ren Tea

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 28th, 2011

I got this tea for a general idea of the relative quality of Ten Ren's Longjings, without much investment.

You can get a lot of loose Longjing here for not much money at all. The downside is that the quality isn't so great. Many leaves are broken, other leaves are bent, etc. For most people, I would recommend much h...

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Dragon Well Green Tea from Novus Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2011

I tend to not like these high-end tea bag teas, and I tend to find them overpriced, but this one is surprisingly good. On par with some loose-leaf dragon well / lung ching that I've had, but with its own unique twist.

I found this tea to be surprisingly chamomile-like in aroma, but obviously with a caffeine kick, a...

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Pancakes

(23 reviews)
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Dragon Well Tea from Ten Ren Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 21st, 2011

Ten Ren's Longjing brews to a golden-green color, and has a strong smoky vegetal aroma. This tea has a crisp finish and some real bite, different from a typical Longjing. Actually, this aspect of it is more similar to the bite and "rawness" of a Chinese red tea.

The flavor of this tea is a bit vegetal similar to its...

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Lungching Green Tea from Foojoy

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2011

When seeing the price and packaging of these Foojoy teas, my initial impression was that they must be low quality at such a price point. Like my experience with Tenren, this initial impression has turned out to be wrong.

This Longjing is a fine representative of the style in a teabag. The tea brews to a golden color...

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