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Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea from Umi Tea Sets

First off, my apologizes, this review is long overdue.  Life sort of happened to this admin and I’m slowly  getting back on track.  An additional review is coming for the lovely tea pot they also sent but for this review is for the tea that Umi Tea Sets graciously sent along.

To kick off this review right, let’s just start off by saying how excited we were to receive Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea.  Green tea is my favorite tea and always my go to tea to start any day off right or just to take a moment and enjoy, something I was desperately needing to do.

So to steep this tea up properly,  I found my always amazing Wall Tea Infuser Mug, prepped up some water, added my leaves and set myself up for a proper cuppa.

I allowed the teas to brew for a few moments and took my first sip. One sip instantly turned into a huge gulp of not so lady like tea drinking. I downed my first cuppa with abandonment and eagerly enjoyed every drop.  This green tea is smooth, delicious, simple, yet so alluring and enticing.

The first notes you get are a nutty variety with a hint of a buttery richness.  The tea’s texture is so incredibly smooth that you really do need to sit back and take a moment to really enjoy the tea.   The more and more I drank this tea and allowed the leaves to steep, the more the astringency notes start to come out but I am finding the charm in those notes.  I am adoring how well the astringency, vegetal, and smooth notes combine and provide a fabulous sip-after sip experience.

My next go with this tea is to try the tea as an iced tea and I can’t wait to report back on those details. For my first experience with Umi Tea Sets tea offerings, I’m instantly hooked. Really delicious and teh perfect tea for this green tea loving gal!

 


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Umi Tea Sets

Description

Longjing/Lung Ching tea, also known as Dragon Well tea, is a famous variety of green tea grown in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This is the source of the irresistible Long Jing (Dragon Well) green tea, the best of which smells and tastes like an essence of chlorophyll and creamed hazelnuts. The leaves of Dragon Well are broad and flat, no longer than the average finger nail, and is very similar to the Japanese green tea, “Sencha”. When steeped, the leaves open up revealing a very clean taste. Since ancient times, scene of West Lake and Longjing tea have long been described in quotes of famous literati. Su Dongpo said that “Good Tea as Pretty Lady”, a high praise of West Lake Longjing. It is green in color, fragrant, and sweet with beautiful shape, and due to these four splendiferous characters, known in China and other countries.

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Dragon Tea from Transcendence Tea. . . .

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried this tea. It’s a loose leaf tea with pretty big leafs. It didn’t have much of a smell, so I figured it would be pretty mild. I brewed it in my new little teapot that was gifted to me. It makes tea drinking so much more of an event you know? I was so pleasantly surprised when I took my first sip and it had a slightly sweet aftertaste. I have had it both warm and iced and it’s delicious either way. The sweetness is barely there, it’s just a little whisper after you’ve swallowed. It’s mild and refreshing and needs no sweetener.

This tea does have caffeine so it’s best for morning or early afternoon, and it’s a really nice way to start the day.

According to the company’s website, this tea is full of vitamin C and amino acids that can help energize us when we need the help.

This tea is called Longjing, which translates to Dragon tea is a variety of green tea which has been pan roasted. It’s very beneficial and as I mentioned very refreshing.

This is the green tea for people who want the health benefits but find regular green tea too earthy and bitter!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Transcendence Tea
Description

DRAGON also known as Long Jing tea is almost as famous as the beast it is named after, being one of the most renowned teas in China. Grown close to the West Lake in Hangzhou; Long Jing tea is surrounded by mountains, forests, and creeks – truly a Dragon’s playground. With a sweet taste and little bitterness; Long Jing will make you strong and as resilient, as a DRAGON…..

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Dragon from Transcendence . . . .

Ever encountered a tea that just transcends you into that perfect soulful moment that makes you think everything is going to be ok?

Every once in a while, I’ll come across a tea that just demands my full attention.  No multi-tasking is allowed while encountering this tea.  No TV, no tablet, no phone. . . .just the serene organic noises from my kids playing-using their imagination to create fun games that only the two of them understand.  Don’t get me wrong, I drink brilliant tea blends from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed, but some teas just take you a different level.  Dragon from Transcendence is the latest example of this sort of tea for me.

Dragon from Transcendence is a simple no fuss green tea- a Long Jing tea to be precise.  This tea gives you all the love of a well balanced green tea while providing levels of gorgeous flavor through each sip.

First sip in you are greeted with the familiar nutty slightly vegetal tone while half way through a hint of sweetness makes an approached with that nutty slightly bitter flavor coming back for the final touch.   A lovely mix of sweet nutty vegetal that green teas are known for.  This one is especially well balanced and after infusing the tea leaves to exhaustion, this tea has carved a special place in my tea drinking regime.

I’m a green tea kind of girl, drinking this particular tea like there is no tomorrow.  But Dragon from Transcendence took me by surprise by who lovely the brew was and reminded me why I love green teas so much.  The name Dragon fits this tea so perfectly too!  Named after the creature that stalked the area where this tea is grown, this tea gives you all the love you can take with that subtle touch of bitterness that shows you Dragon is a tea that craves-no-demands attention!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  Transcendence
Description

DRAGON also known as Long Jing tea is almost as famous as the beast it is named after, being one of the most renowned teas in China. Grown close to the West Lake in Hangzhou; Long Jing tea is surrounded by mountains, forests, and creeks – truly a Dragon’s playground. With a sweet taste and little bitterness; Long Jing will make you strong and as resilient, as a DRAGON…..

DRAGON engages the strength and power within you with its Caffeine and Vitamin C content (Thompson et al. 2001; Nienman et al. 2002; Stuart et al. 2005; Beck et al. 2006; Keisler and Armsey 2006; Jones 2008; Yfanti et al. 2010).

Furthermore, Amino Acids found in DRAGON have been shown to have a performance enhancing effect and can also be used as energy source, when stores are dwindling (DeSourza and Green,2005; Williams 2005; Burrin and Stoll, 2008; Zhou et al. 2013)

So transcend your limits with the power and intensity of a DRAGON, and let nothing get in the way of your goals…

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Red Dragon Pearls (Black Dragon Pearl Tea) from Teasenz

I LOVE a good, solid Dragon Pearl so when I saw Red Dragon Pearls (Black Dragon Pearl Tea) from Teasenz was VERY eager to try it! The company says it’s an unusual black tea that is hand-rolled but I am certainly familiar with it as it’s one of those black teas I tend to look for!

I found that the aroma of this Red Dragon Pearls (Black Dragon Pearl Tea) from Teasenz – DRY – was that of a wine and/or berry scent and it was marvelous! Wet – the aroma is a different story! It smells like a genuine autumn day with wet, sweet woodsy notes, leaves, and even some dark chocolate and/or cacao nib aroma thrown into the mix!

I grabbed 5 ‘balls’ and infused them in my strainer and let ‘brew’ for about 4 minutes. I probably could have went with 4 ‘balls’ at about 3 to 4 minutes and I would have gotten a completely different cuppa but I will base my review on this for now.

The flavor of Red Dragon Pearls (Black Dragon Pearl Tea) from Teasenz is certainly in the strong category which I really like! I can absolutely pick up on a cacao nib-like taste to it along with the woodsy and earthy notes. It’s VERY malty – again – something I LOVE. The end sip and aftertaste has dark chocolate notes that linger, too! YES! You could say I enjoyed this tea and hope to enjoy another cup soon!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Teasenz
teasenzlogoDescription

An unusual black tea hand-rolled into pearls. This fantastically bold brew offers up all the flavors of a crisp autumn day with just one pearl. With complex malty flavors and a clean sweet finish.

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