Ever Tried a Tea from Grand Tea? We did! 2016 Shi Feng Supreme Dragonwell from Grand Tea

Shi Feng Supreme Dragonwell from Grand tea is a hand-processed green tea from China. Each of the light green leaves are roasted and hand-flattened into perfect little ovals. The first scent that comes forward in the dry leaf is an almost-floral, dark chocolate flavor. Beneath that first chocolate note, there are starchy tones of toasted rice.

I was careful with the temperature of my water to keep from burning the tea leaves, which makes all the difference with green teas. This tea brews up pale yellow and tastes much brighter than the dry leaf smelled. There are citrus and mineral notes, like lemon and coppery pennies. The back of each sip is softer, with more roasted, warming sensations.

I brewed these leaves twice, and found the second steep to be stronger with this toasted flavor, less sweet and more savory. Where the first steep was bright and mineral, the second steep was earthy and toasty. In both brewings the mouthfeel was exceedingly smooth and brought on pleasant feelings of warmth and comfort. Quite a bit of work went into preparing these leaves and the taste and experience of brewing them is well worth the effort.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Grand Tea
Description:

Shi Feng Long Jing is among the ten most popular teas in China. The light green tea leaves are roasted and flattened (by hand) before they are ready for use. The tea soothes your senses with its floral, marine aromas while the velvety, thick texture re-energizes you.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Shi Feng Supreme Dragon Well Green Tea from Grand Tea

ShiFengDragonWellTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Grand Tea

Tea Description:

Dragon Well is a most celebrated green tea in China, the name comes from the town Lung Ching which means Dragon Well in direct translation. In recently research shows that fresh green tea, particularly in young buds contains high levels of antioxidants, and is very good for the skin and has anti-cancer properties. EGCG and theanine exist in the highest concentration in these young tea buds.

Typical for Shi Feng Dragon Well is the yellowish green leafs, sweet with a hint of chestnuts like fragrance and refreshing aftertaste. GrandTea’s Xi Feng Dragon Well is still hand-picked and hand-roasted the traditional way.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Oh, wow, I’m loving this Shi Feng Supreme Dragon Well Green Tea from Grand Tea!  It’s so delightfully sweet and nutty.

To brew it, I used my Kati tumbler and rather than measuring these long leaves in a bamboo scoop, I simply pinched out an amount that looked to me like a scoop.  (I call this my eyeball pinch method.)  Then I heated the kettle to 180°F and added 12 ounces of hot water to the tumbler and let the tea steep for 2 minutes.

Now, Dragon Well tea is one of those teas that you can actually leave the leaves in the cup.  I’m told that it’s one of those teas that you don’t need to strain the leaves – you can just keep on infusing, adding more water as you drink the tea.  But, I’ve not tried it that way.  I remember the very first time I tried Dragon Well tea, I either oversteeped it or steeped it at too high a temperature.  Either way, the tea was just not something I wanted to drink.  So since that time, I’m careful with how I brew a Dragon Well.

I’m quite satisfied with the way this cuppa turned out!

It’s sweet, buttery, lightly vegetal and deliciously nutty with a flavor reminiscent of freshly roasted chestnuts.  It also has a really pleasant, creamy texture.

And while I’m not one to keep the leaves in my cup and keep adding hot water to the cup – I’m all about the resteep!  I resteeped these leaves three times with no real significant loss in flavor!

This is indeed a superb Dragon Well!  I highly recommend it.

Green Dan Cong Oolong from Grand Tea

green dan congTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Grand Tea

Tea Description:

2014 Spring Limited Edition: Green Dan Cong

Green Dan Cong is unusual light oxidized (approx.8%) and incredibly floral. The taste of it reminds of high grade green tea which is refreshing, pure and sweet.

Because Green Dan Cong is so delicate and fresh, the best way to preserve the flowery aroma would be keep it air tight in the refrigerator.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  SO GOOD!

This Green Dan Cong Oolong from Grand Tea is the best Dan Cong Oolong that I can remember ever tasting.  It’s so light and flavorful.  As the description above suggests, the very light oxidation gives this tea a “high grade green tea” taste but it has a creamy, soft texture that you’d expect from a greener Oolong.

So sweet!  The aroma is very floral and the taste has a strong flowery essence but I like that the sharper floral notes are somewhat softened by the aforementioned creamy notes.  It has that light freshness of a green tea, vegetal without bitterness.  It’s not really “grassy” but more like mild steamed veggies with a drizzle of butter.

This tea reminds me of spring, when everything starts to come to life again.  The grass is growing, the leaves on the trees are budding and you can smell that freshness in the air.  Flowers are beginning to bloom after a cold winter.  The aromatic air of spring is what I smell when I smell the tea and that’s what I taste when I take a sip.

greendancong1Later infusions were a little less creamy and softly flavored, I found that as I continued to infuse the leaves, more of the floral notes emerged – these are lovely! – and I could taste soft notes of fruit and the vegetal notes coming forward slightly.  This never really becomes a strongly “vegetative” tasting Oolong.  This is more ‘floral’ than anything, so for those of you who love a delightfully flowery Oolong – you’ve got to try this one!

The dry leaf reminds me of a green tea more than it does an Oolong because when it comes to “green” Oolongs, I have come to expect a tightly wound pellet.  These leaves look a little more like a Chinese Sencha leaf, but the leaves are deeper and darker in color.  They have a strong floral fragrance with notes of grass.

I brewed this tea in my gaiwan.  First I steeped the leaves for about 15 seconds to “rinse” them.  Then I strained the liquid and discarded it.  Then I steeped for 45 seconds for the first infusion and added 15 seconds to each subsequent infusion.  This tea holds up through multiple infusions quite well, and I got eight very flavorful infusions from one measurement of leaves.

A truly pleasurable experience, this Green Dan Cong.  If you love Oolong tea – this one should be on your must try list, if for no other reason than that it’s quite unique from any other Oolong that I’ve tried.  Every tea lover should be trying this tea!

2014 Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Oolong Tea from Grand Tea

Lan Xiang OolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Grand Tea

Tea Description:

Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Limited Stock Dan Cong is family of stripe-style oolong teas from Guangdong Province. Dancong teas are noted for their ability to naturally imitate the flavors and fragrances of various flowers and fruits, such as orange blossom, orchid, grapefruit, almond, ginger flower, etc. This particular Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong oolong has a lovely aroma and a sweetness reminds of honey.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s Oolong time!  Oh, happy day, today I’m drinking this delightful Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Oolong Tea from Grand Tea that was harvested in 2014.  It’s fresh and it is really good.

Really good!

It’s sweet!  And just as the description above suggests, it is very reminiscent of a honey-like sweetness.  I taste notes of fruit – a slightly under-ripe plum that’s both sweet and just a little sour.  There’s a hint of grapefruit, I taste that tangy note from grapefruit as well as just a hint of the bitterness that I’d taste from the citrus fruit.  I am also noticing a woodsy tone that continues to develop as I sip this first cup (infusions 1 and 2 following a 15 second rinse.)

The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) offered stronger fruit notes – I can really taste the grapefruit note this time!  It’s a bright note, complex with notes that are tart and sweet.  I find that the aforementioned plum note is maybe less prominent, allowing for the notes of the grapefruit to shine through.  Lots of sweet honey taste and I taste less of the woodsy tone that I noticed with the last cup.  This cup is all about sweet honey and fruit!

Later infusions produced a more unified taste.  The honey notes became smoother and softer, while the tangy notes of fruit became more subdued, allowing for the sweetness of the fruit and some notes of flower to emerge.

I really enjoyed this tea.  Yes, this Dan Cong Oolong would be welcome in my teacup anytime!

Supreme Bi Lu Chun Green Tea from Grand Tea

supreme BLCTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Grand Tea

Tea Description:

Grand Tea’s Supreme Grade Bi Lu Chun consist of 1-2 cm size buds. As expected from such top notch tea, the flavor is smooth, light and delicate. The distinct sweetness from the bud make it really stand out.

Due to the very high demand of high quality tea in China, such small quantity fine tea usually never leave China and reach the mass market. We are fortunate to have 20 kg of this very best Green tea. So don’t wait to long before order, I promise it won’t last very long.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

There’s something just so … lovely about a top notch Bi Lu Chun like this Supreme Bi Lu Chun Green Tea from Grand Tea.  The leaves are so beautiful, so tiny and tender and covered with soft, fuzzy down.  They look, smell and feel so fresh.

The brewed liquid is very pale green and it has a delightfully delicate flavor.  The sweetness is so profound … like a sugary sweetness!  It has a smooth taste that is softly vegetal with hints of butter-like notes.  There are layers of flavor to this as well, and I can pick up on whispers of fruit and floral notes, as well as a sweet, nutty tone in the distance.  As I continue to sip, the nutty flavors come a little more into focus, but, these flavors are never strongly pronounced.

That’s because the overall cup is so beautifully delicate.  This delicate quality doesn’t allow the flavors to come through strongly, instead, it beckons your palate to discover them.  It’s a tea that you want to sit and consider rather than one that you want to rush through.  This tea wants to take things slowly with you and allow you to discover the flavors and enjoy them as they’re revealed.

This Supreme Bi Lu Chun is truly an exceptional Chinese green – and it’s a tea that should be experienced by every tea drinker out there!