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Think the peanut profile of a Dragonwell with the backdrop of a Japanese green (grass, grass, and more delicious sweet grass). I’m having a hard time finding anything negative to say about it. I’m seriously thinking of swapping my essential but problematic (ie.- pollution prone) Dragonwells for this tea type.

Thanks for the the sample, Teabento- I’ll be playing with this one all Easter! It’s also nice to be reminded of the existence of Pikas.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Peanut, Sweet, Toasty, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Evol Ving Ness

By pollution-prone, do you mean easily contaminated by the fragrances of other teas?

CrowKettle

I’ve seen a few tea shops market their Dragonwell as “clean options/cultivators” because Hangzhou in general is building up a reputation for air and water pollution. Not sure if that’s supposed to be a marketing gimmick, defamatory or a real concern with this tea type/area, but it has made me a little hesitant. :/

Evol Ving Ness

Wow!
Well, truly, China is seriously polluted. I wasn’t in Hangzhou, but Guangzhou for example had pollution so thick that it felt and looked like a perpetual ceiling.

CrowKettle

I’ve only been to Shanghai, which is an extreme case in such a huge country, but maaan was the pollution bad- in what is otherwise an incredible city.

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Evol Ving Ness

By pollution-prone, do you mean easily contaminated by the fragrances of other teas?

CrowKettle

I’ve seen a few tea shops market their Dragonwell as “clean options/cultivators” because Hangzhou in general is building up a reputation for air and water pollution. Not sure if that’s supposed to be a marketing gimmick, defamatory or a real concern with this tea type/area, but it has made me a little hesitant. :/

Evol Ving Ness

Wow!
Well, truly, China is seriously polluted. I wasn’t in Hangzhou, but Guangzhou for example had pollution so thick that it felt and looked like a perpetual ceiling.

CrowKettle

I’ve only been to Shanghai, which is an extreme case in such a huge country, but maaan was the pollution bad- in what is otherwise an incredible city.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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