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type: green

origin: china

region: zhejiang

variety: dragonwell

ingredients: green tea

caffeine: medium

price level: $$$$

Dragonwell (Lung Ching or Longjing in local parlance) is one of China's most famous green teas, originating from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This tea has a very distinctive shape: smooth and perfectly flattened along the inside vein of the leaf, the result of highly skilled shaping in a hot wok. This process, known as pan-firing or pan-frying, was perfected in China by tea masters over many centuries. It gives the tea an inviting, toasty aroma. Our fine Dragonwell green tea also has a sweet, rounded flavor, perhaps reminiscent of freshly roasted white corn. Full, nutty and buttery texture, and pleasantly dry finish. A truly satisfying cup of tea. Steep at 180°F for 2 minutes

Recent reviews

    • SC

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      Sweet without being so much so that it tastes like candy. Very good.

    • 

      Tastes great! It tastes like a lot of other Chinese green teas. It gets really bitter when oversteeped. Good when steeped for the right amount.

    • 

      This is a great, reliable green tea. I mix it with orange peel and mint for a spicier version of Moroccan Mint.

    • 

      A good grassy green tea. It has a weird aftertaste that I can’t quite put my finger on. But still an overall good yw.

    • 

      This tea has a very pleasant flavor - light and buttery, almost more like a white tea than a green. It has a subtle roasted nut/grassy flavor and produces a nice re-brew. Compared to other Dragonwell teas, this tea has a milder vegetal taste and would be great for beginners, just be sure to brew at a lower temperature (180F) so it won't get bitter.

    • CK

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      I enjoyed this tea toward the tail end of my cup but the first half tasted like sweet tap water. Maybe it’s the combination of its subtle grassiness with the buttery mouthfeel but it’s definitely not a good tea to pair with savory foods.

    • 

      Definitely buttery, as other reviews have stated. I will add that it is toasty and a bit nutty or even corny. I'm not much of a green tea drinker, but if you are, I would recommend this one.

    • 

      This is a nice basic green tea. Buttery notes and mild, it would be good cold too.

    • 

      Got three good, strong steeps out of the leaves. Tasty, with a mild buttery taste that satisfied without being overwhelming.

    • 

      The abundance of leaves in my CommuniTea packet had a light, grassy scent, not as strong as some other green teas. Once steeped I immediately noticed the buttery flavor, only a hint of the grassiness was left, and I didn't notice any astringency. Works well hot or cold.

      Steeped (1) 180F 2.5min, (2) 185F 3min, (3) 185F 4min

    • EC

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      This is a good, basic green tea. I can see how people would say it tastes "buttery." There is a whole world of green tea terminology that I am just starting to learn. I guess this one is also considered "vegetal." I'm sort of undecided as to whether I really like that. This doesn't taste spinachy like some of the other greens I have tried lately (YAY! Hate that spinach-green tea!) I did oversteep this accidentally, so it turned out bitter. It's not bad, but I prefer flavored greens better. I like it better than the genmai cha, but I wouldn't choose it again probably. It did well on the second steep - I actually kind of liked the second steep better.

    • 

      Very mild and light-bodied but pleasant. Not grassy

    • 

      Brewed 175F for 2 mins with rock sugar added

      The flavor is not bad with this tea. I'm picking up notes of nuttiness. I detected no bitterness.

    • 

      Nice and buttery taste to the green tea. Nice tea to use to introduce someone to the world of green teas!

    • 

      Very aromatic tea. Tastes of roasted grains a bit with a mineral, sea taste. Very dry, astringent finish.

    • 

      I'm not a fan of green teas, but I enjoy this Chinese green. Dragonwell is a better tea in my opinion than the grassy sencha. Probably more suited toward black and oolong tea drinkers.

    • 

      Oh my Geez, this tea changed my perception of green teas forever. I love it.

    • 

      Good quality green tea. Very fragrant and delicate

    • 

      Very good quality green tea. Very strong. Love it as a morning tea

    • AW

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      This is a good quality tea, but was too nutty/buttery for my taste.

    • 

      Nice for the price with floral notes, great for folks new to dragonwell. As a bit of a dragonwell snob though, it lacks a certain rich butteriness higher-quality dragonwell is known for.

    • IL

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      Wonderful green option! Flavorful, but not overpowering. Nice aroma

    • 

      I bought this for my boyfriend as a gift, and he finds the tea to be quite delicious and enjoyable

    • 

      this is going to be a great tea in my opinion.....

    • 

      A very grassy and earthy green tea, it's really important to not have your water too hot or steep overly long or it can easily turn incredibly bitter.

    • 

      I got a sample of this in Adagio’s Advent Calendar this past holiday season, and I liked it. You have to steep it carefully - not too long - but it’s a pleasant and pure green tea. Great way to start off a day.

    • 

      When I brought this one into work from my advent calendar it filled my office with that heavenly green tea scent. I loved the experience even though I'm more of a white tea person.

    • 

      The aroma is amazing. The leaves smell grassy and when I added water this great toasty aroma was added. The flavor was a bit of a let down. I was expecting that same toasty element but it just wasn't there. It's very light in flavor, which has the grassy, earthiness but is completely missing the toast.

    • 

      This is an excellent tea. Really vegetal and fresh.

    • 

      One of my favorite greens, this has a smooth, nutty flavor, but it's very even. It's a rare treat.

    • BK

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      This is a solid dragonwell. I've had better, but not often. Very mellow and vegetal. The roasted undertones come out more in this dragonwell than others, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. My one complaint is that it only holds up for about 3 brewings. Typically dragonwell can last 6 or 7 (in my experience).

    • 

      This is definitely a special occasion tea, especially for those who don't necessarily want something sweet.

    • 

      Dragonwell is good, it has a dry finish and a very smooth and good quality green tea. However, I can't afford bulk dragonwell, so I have to look elsewhere, but it's still a good indulgence tea