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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tazo Packaging Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Long Jing (Dragonwell)'

Tea Information:
Tea: Long Jing (Dragonwell)
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Tazo
Purchase: Here15th Ave Coffee & Tea
Origin: Zhejiang, China
Harvest: April 2009
Altitude: 1200-1800 ft

A famous Chinese green tea with flat jade green leaves, a mellow flavor and fresh aroma.
This famous tea is produced in Zhejiang Province, in a village called Dragon Well, to the west of West Lake.

Steep Information:
Amount: 6.1g
Water: 500ml filtered water 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: toasted vegetables
Steeped Tea Smell: light vegetal, sweet
Flavor: vegetal, bitter
Body: Light
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: pale translucent yellow-green

This was a gift from Melody over at If you enjoy starbucks or coffee you should really go and read her wonderful Starbucks fan site / community / blog.

I like how the tea was packed in a plastic bag inside the tin, it kept them from being crushed in shipping.

Made this an additional time with 750ml of water, it turned out better, still a little bitter at the finish. The resteep of the same leaves turned out very bitter, but enjoyable with a bit of honey.

I think i may need to play with the parameters on this tea. It has a nice sweet toasted vegetal promise, and I hope I can smooth of the bitter finish. For now it will have to stay at "acceptable".

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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