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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Xin Chang Long Jing Impérial from Unami

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.

This tea has an intense sweet, vegetal, almost savoury aroma that immediately struck me. It has a much str...

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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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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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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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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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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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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

(1311 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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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

(1311 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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Amanda

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

Style: Dragon Well Tea – 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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E. Alex Gerster

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

Style: Dragon Well Tea – 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 Tea – 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 Tea – 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 Tea – 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 Tea – 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

(1311 reviews)
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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – 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 Tea – 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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