~Dry Leaf
Appearance: Light green, large pieces, little dust
Scent: Hay, grass

~Infused Leaf
Appearance: Opened up after 1st infusion, little color loss
Scent: More intense grass, hay, now floral, vegetal

Color: Light green, clear
Aromas: Subdued vegetal, floral, grassy
Taste: Smooth, floral, light, sweet, buttery; almost like a sencha
Texture: Full body, thick, little astringency throughout all infusions

This was my very first “spring tea” and I was hooked once I opened the bag and smelled the fresh, tender leaves. The floral, sweet, and grassy notes certainly dominated this tasting experience. This dragonwell almost reminds me of Japanese greens, like sencha. I doubt that I can go back to aged dragonwells without being reminded of how wonderful the spring cup can taste. There is very little astringency throughout all three infusions and the intensity of the flavor seems to maintain a respectable intensity.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Grass, Sweet, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Native of Atlanta, GA. Now in PA where I am a Chemistry Professor at a small university. I love green tea, especially those of Japanese origin. My academic research group is exploring new ideas in tea chemistry with various analytical methods. We have exciting plans on the horizon, as there is a lot of chemistry happening inside of each cup! Feel free to drop me a line if you have any science-related questions and or suggestions for research ideas.

My Ph.D. is in analytical chemistry, so brewing to me is like a scientific experiment: Everything is accurate and precise. I normally brew in traditional teapots, depending on the tea’s origin – digital thermometer in hand – digital timer – and quality water. Although Japanese greens are my faves, I also enjoy many Chinese greens, along with whites and yellows. Getting into Oolongs too (the slightly oxidized and still green ones for now) and raw Pu-erhs.

My Rating Scale
• Excellent (90+)
• Great, not in my top 25 (70 – 89)
• Good, one time purchase (60 – 70)
• Able to finish, not buying again (50)
• Nope. (<50)

I am also a former professional musician/singer, amateur photographer, experienced chef, gardener, animal lover (cat person), and avid traveler. My favorite place on earth is the Big Island of Hawaii.


Pennsylvania, USA



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