Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Arbor Teas
Dragon Well (Lung Ching) is perhaps the most famous green tea from China, named after the Dragon’s Well landmark in the West Lake area of the Zhejiang, where the tea was first made. Dragon Well tea (“Lung Ching” in Chinese) is known for its unique shape and remarkable flavor. During pan firing, the leaves are folded in on themselves, forming the characteristic sword-like shape. The rose-tinted gold infusion of this organic, Fair Trade Certified tea is smooth and light bodied. The well-balanced flavor profile of the liquor suggests freshly cut grass and toasted chestnuts, with a somewhat floral fragrance.
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A delightful Dragonwell tea.
It has such a smooth character to it, smooth from beginning to finish, with very little astringency to speak of. It tastes light and crisp, like the fresh, spring air just after the lawn’s been mowed.
I like that this tea is grassy, but it isn’t a bitter or sharp grassy taste. It has a delicate taste and lighter in body than some Dragonwell teas I’ve tasted. But while it is what I’d call a light-bodied tea, it doesn’t sacrifice flavor. It is a refreshing cup.
As I continue to sip, the toasted chestnut flavor as suggested in the above description begins to emerge. It isn’t a strong flavor, but it seems to come alive just at the right time. Just as the palate seems to get used to the vegetal notes of this tea, and maybe even getting a little bored with it, the sweet, roasted nutty flavor arrives to perk things up.
This is a great tea to enjoy in the afternoon when you want a little pick-me-up, and it makes a really delicious iced tea too (try it iced with thin slices of lemon … YUM!) and, I love drinking Dragonwell tea with dinner, because it has a light, enjoyable taste that compliments whatever I might be eating.
An enjoyable Dragonwell, and I appreciate that it is a fair trade, organic tea. It is my opinion that no tea cupboard is complete without at least one Dragonwell tea because it is so refreshing and versatile. Dragonwell is a MUST HAVE tea cupboard staple!