Over the years, I’ve tasted a lot of bad green tea. From stale, dusty, teabags sold under generic labels, to stale, crumbling, leaves stuffed into glass jars in upscale/natural grocery stores, I’ve spat out many mouthfuls mad...
Over the years, I’ve tasted a lot of bad green tea. From stale, dusty, teabags sold under generic labels, to stale, crumbling, leaves stuffed into glass jars in upscale/natural grocery stores, I’ve spat out many mouthfuls made from such mistreated leaves.
Somewhere along the way, I learned what an excellent, fresh, properly packaged and prepared green tea is supposed to taste like. I can’t remember the where or when of that happy event. What I do know is that it tasted like this Dragon Well from Canton Tea. Co.
The uniqueness of this superior (highest grade) leaf was evident at first sight and sound. Shaking the package sounded like I was shaking a box of matches. No other tea leaves sounded quite like this.
There were no sticky, smashed-up bits in the package. The small leaves were crisp, folded thin and flat, (designed to look like bird beaks!) and completely individuated. They didn’t cling together like leaves that are twisted during processing. This surprising and fun appearance had a bit of danger, though. If I tipped the package ever so slightly, these dense little beak-sticks would have scattered everywhere. That would have been a tragedy. This is a famous Chinese tea–one of China’s “Top 10,”and touted by many as number one on the list.
I easily understood why. The taste was pure, clean, and green. It seemed the consummate balance between sweetness and briskness. Nothing distracted from that true tea flavor.
It takes cooler (about 160 to 175 degrees) water to brew the best Dragon Well. It tastes divine after about two minutes, and if you keep adding water, a heaping tablespoon (or two) of leaves in a 12 ounce pot will keep you going for several rounds. Highly recommended. I rate it a 10.