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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Lung Ching from De Theefabriek

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2017

I've seen Dragonwell here and there and I had the general impression that it is a pretty well-known tea with a good reputation, so i wanted to try it. (In fact, one of my proudest tea lover moments was seeing Longjing mentioned in Death's End by Liu Cixin and knowing what that is - and actually having some myself.)

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Anji Baicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Zhejiang, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 31st, 2017

I have read about Anji Baicha for years now, and this is the first time I've ever tried it. I've been very curious about it, especially since I've read that it's among the teas highest in L-theanine, but is prepared rather differently from Gyokuro, the tea I've tried that is also highest in theanine. It didn't quite ...

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Pearl Gunpowder from The Tao of Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 27th, 2017

This was a simple, coolish, fresh green tea with a hint of smoke in the aroma. Gunpowder isn't my favorite style of green tea, but I do enjoy it from time to time.

The dry leaf of this smells mild but pleasant and fresh, dusty with a hint of smoke, some cool herbal notes a little like celery. After steeping I see ...

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Sheng

(4 reviews)
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West Lake Dragon Well Tea Long Jing from Teasenz

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2017

The dry leaves released a great roasty aroma when I opened the bag. I couldn't wait but to steep a cup of this great looking green tea in my glass gaiwan.

I cooked water and let it cool down for 2 minute. I can't really say what temperature it is, I tend to steep tea more based on my 'feeling'. And I like it that wa...

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First Flush Longjing from Teasenz

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2017

I’ve prepared this longjing in a glass and steeped it with water around 80C. It’s more a grandpa style of brewing, but I like it this way with Longjing.

The first brew is delicious. It has the usual nutty and toasty characteristics, but not too strong. The flavour isn’t as vegetal as most green teas, which I l...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Anji Black from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Anji, Zhejiang, China

78 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 13th, 2017

This tea tasted more like a sweet, Christmas-ey baked good than any other tea I've ever tried.

The leaf has such a pleasant fragrance, a rich, buttery, bready, and fruity aroma, like a fruit tart fresh out of the oven, quite remarkable. There's a distinctive smell in the aroma that reminds me of some food from my c...

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spaflam

(166 reviews)
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Gunpowder Green from Harney and Sons

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

This is an easy-drinking green tea with grassy notes an a faint whiff of herbs (I dunno - but I get an herbaceous quality if you let it steep long enough.) Must steep at least 3 minutes as it brews up "pale". Good hot and OK on ice. I live this one better hot. Super-mild. As with all Harney & Sons - beautifully pac...

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China Gunpowder from Tea Forte

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 23rd, 2015

I like Tea Forte - and their packaging is excellent. But it's what's inside that sachet that counts - and this Green "Gunpowder" style tea is delicious with a mild, (generic?) grassy flavor that I happen to enjoy. Is it the best green ever? Not by a long-shot - but it is solid and easy to drink (I do it unsweetened,...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 26th, 2015

My first impression of this tea reminds me of a mild dragonwell. It has a very light liquor (almost clear) while somehow still having a full mouth of flavor and a wonderfully pleasant aroma. The taste is very vegetal, and reminds me of cut grass with perhaps a hint of spinach. The taste is light, refreshing, and coolin...

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

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2015

This 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 v...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 29th, 2015

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 ...

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båggå

(6 reviews)
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Long Jing from Palais des Thés

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2015

The tea has a stronger flavour than many other green teas. It also has little of the bitterness that is so easy to get from green teas if you fail to get the temperature and steeping time right. For this reason it is a good tea to use at work, where the conditions for good tea making often are limited. Using tea bags i...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Classic Chinese from Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 8th, 2014

This was an exceptional tea, and I think its name does not do it justice. It didn't taste classic, it tasted extraordinary!

The dry leaf is black, with very wiry, crinkly leaf that is quite long. The leaf is pleasantly aromatic, and the aroma complex and toasty, suggesting fruit, nuts, wood, caramel, and malt.

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Brytta Sóþword

(289 reviews)
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Dragonwell Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 23rd, 2014

Not a bad tea, but not as impressive as other Dragonwells I've had, actually. It went bitter too easily (and the infusion was still pretty weak) and it wasn't grassy enough for my taste. Worth trying, but not quite as good as I was hoping.

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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 Tea – 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 Tea – 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

(1310 reviews)
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Dragonwell Green Tea from Simply Good Tea

Style: Dragon Well Tea – 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 Tea – 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

(289 reviews)
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Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – 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 Tea – 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 Tea – 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

(1310 reviews)
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Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – 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 Tea – 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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