Dragon Well Tea

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4 ratings
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Brand:Ten Ren Tea
Style:Dragon Well (Long Jing)
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Dragon Well Tea

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 16, 2015

Commercial Description

...The tea is steeped from good quality leaves and has a yellow-green color, pure aroma, and fresh and rich flavor with a pleasant aftertaste...

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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I got this box free with an order of loose Ten Ren tea. The normal price is $4 for a box of 20 tea bags.

The individual bags are sealed in plastic for freshness and the aroma is quite strong when opened. It doesn't smell like dragon well to me, though, but like cheap gunpowder or pearl green. The dry tea is chopped quite fine.

Adding the water rehabilitates the tea, though. The steeping tea does have the fresh, bitter, grassy aroma of a decent dragon well. After three minutes in 180°F water, the tea is a greenish amber. The flavor's better than I expected.

The tea is fresh-tasting with just enough bitterness on the edges of the tongue and almost no astringency. The flavor is rich with a long finish. I'm quite surprised at the quality of the tea compared to the appearance of the dry tea bag. As the tea cools, the bitterness moves to the front a bit, but still isn't unpleasant. Some fruitiness appears with a hint of tart berries or melon.

This tea isn't as complex as more expensive green teas and there's a bit of older tea leaf in the aftertaste, but it's still one of the best green teas available in regular tea bags. I've had (and enjoyed) more expensive green teas that weren't this good.
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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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Not a bad tea, but not as tasty or interesting as the other dragonwell tea I've tried (by Foojoy). After a short time sitting, it brews up to a similar dark yellow/ginger color. There is a light smokiness and sometimes seems to be a hint of bitterness, but said bitterness isn't off putting. You can make a second cup, but for me it did come off weaker than the first one.
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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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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 aroma. Underneath the bite, it does have some more typical Longjing qualities, but even at lower temperatures they are a bit hidden in the mix. This is an alright tea, but it does not have the same smoothness, fullness, and complexity that I would expect in a Longjing. Still, the qualities that it does have put it well ahead of most green tea to be had in a teabag.

This Ten Ren tea does not really have the usual characteristics that I have observed in Longjing teas before, and I don't really care for its idiosyncrasies. Honestly, I think the Foojoy Longjing is head and shoulders above this tea in quality, and much closer to a real Longjing.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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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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