My little guy has officially been in school for a week and I have to say that I'm loving the three hours of quiet time I have every day. You would think having a set block of time to myself would mean that I have more time to write, but I've been using this past week to catch up on some huge household projects that need to be taken care of before the weather turns cold. These are the not so fun things all homeowners face—replacing rotting boards, filling cracks, and painting (our trim hasn't matched our shutters since we replaced them over a year ago and it's been driving me a little nuts every time I drive up to the house.) I finally had to call it a day since it's started raining again, so I thought I'd take some time to relax with a cup of tea before the little tornado gets home. Today I'm enjoying one of the samples that TeaVivre sent me to share with you, an Organic Dragon Well (Long Jing) green tea.
It's no secret that I drink an obscene amount of tea, most of which is some form of green tea, but I don't tend to purchase Dragon Well as often as others. I'm a big baby when it comes to astringency, I just don't care for it (although it's something many other tea drinkers truly desire.) Dragon Well often has more of an astringent bite than other green teas—especially those picked later in the Spring. What really sets this tea apart from others of its type is the incredibly smooth flavor and lack of astringency. It's without a doubt the most enjoyable Dragon Well I've had the pleasure of sampling, but it's also one of the most expensive teas TeaVivre has to offer (50 grams will set you back about $34.) You can certainly find many less expensive options if you enjoy Dragon Well, but comparing a She Qian Dragon Well to anything else is like comparing apples to oranges. She Qian teas are picked much earlier in the year (near the Spring equinox on March 20th) and are highly sought after because of the vastly different flavor profile they offer. They're only produced in limited amounts, but if you're a fan of Dragon Well you'll definitely want to put this on your wish list.
Would I order this again? Yes, but I'd consider it more of a special occasion teas due to the price. The flavor of this tea is vastly different and much more complex than any other Dragon Well I've tried, I can see why it commands such a high price.
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 2 teaspoons or 2g per 8.75 ounces
Water Temp: 176°F
Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that TeaVivre has provided me with a sample for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.