Tea: Dragonwell

A Dragon Well (Long Jing) from Adagio Teas

Picture of Dragonwell
Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Dragon Well (Long Jing)
Region:Zhejiang, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Dragonwell

Review of Dragonwell

AromaFlavorValueTotal
8 of 105 of 52 of 567 of 100
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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 aromatic. It infused very quickly. Aroma was grassy, very toasty, and had some skunky tones and a hint of smokiness. This cup was deep and dark. It had a noticeable caffeine presence, and a moderate amount of astringency and bitterness. Judging by this cup alone, this would be among my favorite dragonwells that I have ever sampled.

Although I actually liked the cup very much, I was disappointed that this tea mostly gave out after the first infusion.

The second infusion, which I steeped for a full eight minutes trying to get it stronger, was still very weak. There was slight bitterness and astringency remaining. The cup was fairly dark-colored cup, but had very little aroma. What aroma there was was grassy and skunky. There was a mild, and pleasant metallic aftertaste.

I wish I had more of this tea, as the first infusion was strong enough that I would try making a very brief (30 sec. or less) infusion and see if this tea could be infused multiple times with better results. But as-is, I am slightly disappointed. I really liked the first cup, but generally, for a dragonwell of this price, I want to be able to infuse it multiple times with better results.

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