Tea: Dragon Well Tea

A Dragon Well (Long Jing) from Ten Ren Tea

Picture of Dragon Well Tea
Brand:Ten Ren Tea
Style:Dragon Well (Long Jing)
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Teabag
# Ratings:4 View All
Product page:Dragon Well Tea

Review of Dragon Well Tea

AromaFlavorValueTotal
6 of 104 of 55 of 570 of 100
GoodGoodOutstanding

This teabag contains broken leaves of green tea, but they are more whole than the fannings and dust found in some teabags.

The tea brews a clear golden colour and has a rather strong smokey aroma with some hints of grassyness. It has a crisp flavor with some bite. Even when brewed at a lower temperature, there's still a bit of an unpleasant acidity to it. Compared to a typical dragon well tea, I find this tea to be much more smokey, and less grassy.

The brewing instructions printed on the teabag are wrong--it says to use boiling water, 2-4 min, and to use one cup. As one would expect, this will scald the tea. TenRen gives better brewing instructions on their website. But also, I have found that this is a strong-ish tea and the teabag contains a good volume of leaves. I recommend using at least a cup and a half (if you have an adequately-sized mug) and brewing this for only two minutes. You can then make a second cup brewing it longer.

This is among the best green teabag teas I've tried. It blows away TenRen's regular "green" teabags and is only a few cents more expensive per cup. If, like me, you like to stache a handful of teabags on you "just in case" you're stuck somewhere with lipton-only, this is a good choice.

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