When I first got introduced to loose tea, I had no idea where to go to find me a good green. Even with the bags it was hit and miss and mostly miss. I didn't even know what I was looking for but I knew that if I found it I would know. I researched the world of loose green tea and found out that Dragonwell is the most popular green tea in China. I just had to try that!
I decided to go with DAVIDsTEA for my first time.
I have to say this tea has surprised me in more ways than one. I can't really compare it to anything else because this is the first straight loose green tea that I've tried and the only one so far. For sure I cannot compare it to the bags either. This one is a whole new animal all on its own.
I still remember the day that I got this tea. I was so excited, the leaves looked beautiful, their aroma was delicate and nice.
I brewed myself a nice pot. I counted the minutes in anticipation. The water in the pot was turning a lovely shade of green. All was good. I lifted a lid and took a whiff....
This couldn't be. I went back to the package to re-check whether I got what I ordered. Yes, this was Dragonwell, but if this was the most popular tea in China why did it smell like that? I couldn't put my finger on the smell... It was vegetal, grassy, asparagus like, spinach, or maybe all four together? Definitely not what I expected. I was disappointed.
I tasted the tea and the taste was definitely going hand in hand with the aroma. Vegetal, grassy, asparagus like, spinach or all four? I finished the pot and contemplated whether I should return the tea or give it another shot. I knew from reviews that people liked it. Was there something wrong with me?
I decided to give it another shot. And another. And another.
This was about two weeks ago and I am pleased to say that this tea has grown on me. It has wrapped itself around and plunged it's roots into the very core of my being. I love this tea. After about few days I couldn't wait to get up in the morning and steep myself a nice pot. It became an integral part of my morning.
I know I have to keep trying other loose green teas because drinking bagged green tea all these years has definitely taught my palate nothing, but for now this one has won my heart. It's very much vegetal and a little grassy with some earthy tones thrown in there for good measure.... and it's delicious. I know I want Dragonwell in my cupboard. Always.
Steeping temperature: 82C
Steeping time: 5 min
Steeped in: Clear glass teapot