Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea from Umi Tea Sets

First off, my apologizes, this review is long overdue.  Life sort of happened to this admin and I’m slowly  getting back on track.  An additional review is coming for the lovely tea pot they also sent but for this review is for the tea that Umi Tea Sets graciously sent along.

To kick off this review right, let’s just start off by saying how excited we were to receive Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea.  Green tea is my favorite tea and always my go to tea to start any day off right or just to take a moment and enjoy, something I was desperately needing to do.

So to steep this tea up properly,  I found my always amazing Wall Tea Infuser Mug, prepped up some water, added my leaves and set myself up for a proper cuppa.

I allowed the teas to brew for a few moments and took my first sip. One sip instantly turned into a huge gulp of not so lady like tea drinking. I downed my first cuppa with abandonment and eagerly enjoyed every drop.  This green tea is smooth, delicious, simple, yet so alluring and enticing.

The first notes you get are a nutty variety with a hint of a buttery richness.  The tea’s texture is so incredibly smooth that you really do need to sit back and take a moment to really enjoy the tea.   The more and more I drank this tea and allowed the leaves to steep, the more the astringency notes start to come out but I am finding the charm in those notes.  I am adoring how well the astringency, vegetal, and smooth notes combine and provide a fabulous sip-after sip experience.

My next go with this tea is to try the tea as an iced tea and I can’t wait to report back on those details. For my first experience with Umi Tea Sets tea offerings, I’m instantly hooked. Really delicious and teh perfect tea for this green tea loving gal!

 


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Umi Tea Sets

Description

Longjing/Lung Ching tea, also known as Dragon Well tea, is a famous variety of green tea grown in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This is the source of the irresistible Long Jing (Dragon Well) green tea, the best of which smells and tastes like an essence of chlorophyll and creamed hazelnuts. The leaves of Dragon Well are broad and flat, no longer than the average finger nail, and is very similar to the Japanese green tea, “Sencha”. When steeped, the leaves open up revealing a very clean taste. Since ancient times, scene of West Lake and Longjing tea have long been described in quotes of famous literati. Su Dongpo said that “Good Tea as Pretty Lady”, a high praise of West Lake Longjing. It is green in color, fragrant, and sweet with beautiful shape, and due to these four splendiferous characters, known in China and other countries.

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Twisted Black Tea / Cloudwater Tea

Thought it was silly that they wanted this tea to be steeped for 7 minutes. Most teas can hardly make it to five minutes before they are tannic. Which isn’t a bad thing as there are those, like my father, who like a good strong cuppa. Not me though.

So I only went about 3 minutes. It seems like many of the teas I’ve tasted that are grown in volcanic soil tend to be lightly in taste and need a longer steep time. So here we are on my second steeping. I’ve stopped at five minutes out of curiosity.

The astringency is already kicking in but I’ll go the extra two and pray it doesn’t become a bitter bash. They weren’t kidding when they called this twisted. The dry leaves are not just twisting but also curving and rolling. During the two extra minutes the liquid cooled slightly allowing more flavor to come through. Perhaps it’s just me but I really feel that when the water is hot you can’t truly experience any of the flavor.

The mouth feel like clean with a slight caulky feel, but maybe that is the astringency kicking in. Which has strangely mellowed as the water has cooled. Mineral flavors of volcanic soil co-mingle with earthy flavors of cedar and musty, forest floor. If you are ever in Hawai’i grab yourself a bag or better yet go check out their estate in Kilauea.


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Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Cloud Water Tea

Description:

Maintaining a bold and consistent character, our Twisted Black tea is full-bodied, very smooth, and possibly woody with an underlying sweetness and aftertaste of sweet potatoes.

Brewing Suggestions

3 grams per 6oz water. Steep for 7 minutes at 195 – 212 ° F. Re-infuse with increased time.

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Not My Momma’s Merlot / KipersLilTeaShop

Raise your pinky fingers. This tisane brews a beautiful clear, rose in color. Close to Merlot but closer to a

Rosé. The mix of berries makes for a unique medley. The flavor is close to a merlot but fights with the cacao nibs and the vanilla rooibos for dominance.

Nutty, vanilla, slightly fruity. It’s definitely not your momma’s merlot but if you are looking for a replacement this is a good second.

 


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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Kipers Lil Tea Shop
Description:

Bold, beautiful, robust, and berry-delicious!! This tea blend really does taste like Merlot Wine (without the alcohol).

The aroma of cacao nibs and berries hits your senses first. Then the tea brews to a deep, merlot red color. The cacao nibs melt and blend with all the rosehips, hibiscus, elderberries, cranberries, and cinnamon to create this one-of-a-kind delicious tea.

Lightly tart, but mildly sweet at the same time.

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Gong Fu Black/Zhi Tea

Really wanting to use my new gaiwan tonight, I pawed through my tea samples and my eye fell on this. Perfect! I don’t have to wonder if it is a good candidate for the gaiwan. The name tells me so!

The leaves are thin and twisted, and very dark. They have that heady chocolate aroma you find in black and oolong tea sometimes. After warming the gaiwan and allowing the leaves to rest in it for a moment, the scent is now much nuttier.

I experimented a bit and found that I like this one to have a little more time than I would give some teas. It didn’t become bitter – the main incentive for keeping a steep short would be to prevent bitterness – so I let those warm, rich flavors develop over a few extra seconds. The darkest steep was my favorite.

The tea is creamy, nutty, with a little hint of cocoa. It is so smooth that even a black tea phobe drinking with me liked it plain. Although there is virtually no astringency, there is the slightest briskness that develops over time in a very pleasant way. Walnut is the flavor that I most notice lingering.

I lost count but my guess is that we had about seven or eight steeps from this session. Overall, a very pleasant tea. I definitely want to have a look at this company’s other offerings, as well!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zhi Tea

Description

Zhi exclusive. #1 Rated Black Tea in the World!

This exquisite black tea from Fujian Province in China has become the favorite at Zhi. If you like the rich complexity of a classic Chinese black tea with all the hallmark smoothness and depth, be prepared to be enchanted. This is a top-grade exclusive tea with a major wow factor.

Thin, twisted leaves present a deep rich red cup with distinct caramelized sugar and chocolate notes and a long creamy finish. Mouthfeel, mouthfeel, mouthfeel.

If you like a great Keemun or a Gold Yunnan then you will love this tea.

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Black Ruby/Rakkasan

Sustainability. What does that mean to you?

Is it as simple as maintaining ecological balance within the confines of ones company property or it is more than that?

Any company can put a label on their tin but to live it is a different matter.

Black Ruby comes from a women-only run estate. Though there is no specific information on Milan Kumari Khatri’s tea estate nor that I can currently find on the web, besides what is on the Rakkasan website, I can tell just by sipping this tea that the estate has very high standards.

If English Breakfast had a sister, this would be her. This delicious tea has the usual earthiness but also has some extremely unique fruit undertones, such as black cherries. If you want to support a good company make sure to give this tea a try!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Rakkasan Tea Company

Description

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