Origin: Xihu near Hangzhou in province Zhejiang
Preparation: 4 steeps, gongfu style (gaiwan). Rinse / 20 seconds / 35 seconds / 70 seconds / 120 seconds
Temperature: 175 F
I have really been enjoying TeaVivre’s selection of Oolong teas, and have been wanting to review one of their green teas for some time now. I figured the Dragon Well, Long Jing would be a good place to start.
The dry leaf aroma is pleasantly sweet…sort of like a subtle nectar. What first came to mind was a very subtle kiwi aroma, combined with a light (but noticeable) grassy-ness. Also present is a very distinct freshness.
After the rinse, the first steep produced a crisp taste, with very little astringency. I did notice that the first steep was a bit thin, but still a very nice vegatal flavor with a distant sweetness.
The second steep brought a more pronounced vegetal taste, combined with a very pleasant, and subtle, sweetness. I’d best describe this (again) as a kiwi or maybe honeydew flavor, combined with the vegetal undertones. Interestingly, I didn’t detect any of the nutty flavors that I have experienced with other Dragon Wells. Additionally, I’ve read previous reviews indicating a green bean taste, and I’d agree (although it took me a while to detect).
On the 3rd and 4th steeps I detected the introduction of a pear taste, and a thicker vegetal taste as well. I poured a sample for my daughter (age 9) from these steeps and she said it tasted like “honey flavored grass