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Republic of Tea Dragonwell Green Review
A Pleasant if Standard Dragonwell Green Tea
Summary : This is a pleasant and quite good dragonwell green tea. It makes a nice break from other traditional green teas as it lacks the "grassy flavor" found in many other green teas.
Review : It's been a while since I've had a green tea. I've had plenty of black teas, flavored teas and herbal teas recently...but for whatever reason it's been nearly two weeks since I've had a green tea. As such, it was time to sink my teeth into a green tea...and the first one I pulled up from my sampler collection was a loose-leaf Dragonwell Green Tea from the Republic of Tea.
This green tea from the Republic of Tea contains the following ingredients : Green Tea Leaves.
Here is how the Republic of Tea describes this tea : "Among the most celebrated teas in China. This top-grade Lung Ching is famous for its jade green color, earthy aroma, mellow taste and long flat leaf. Dragonwell tea has a full and distinct character. Its mild toasted flavor is reminiscent of pistachio nuts."
Dragonwell green tea comes from China and is one of the most popular green teas both there as well as elsewhere in the world. While not as exotic as some other green teas such as Gunpowder, it is also far more widely available and is usually less expensive too.
The aroma of the tea is nothing memorable...then again...I would have been surprised if it was. It smelled exactly like a dragonwell green tea should...like green tea leaves.
The flavor of the tea tasted similar to other dragonwell green teas I've had. It's enjoyable, and happily lacks the strong "grassy flavor" found in other green teas I've had, particularly among the loose-leaf green teas of the world. Still, this "grassy flavor", described by the Republic of Tea as "earthly" is present...so if you don't like the "earthly" flavor of a green tea...you'll probably find this tea somewhat on the unpleasant side.
Additionally, just as advertised, you'll also get a nice if somewhat subtle flavor of pistachio nuts in this tea.
The tea also lacks any sort of bitterness...assuming you don't overbrew it.
As for the after-taste, it is fleeting but it is present. And sadly, that is where you actually get the full-punch of the "grassy flavor," right where you really don't want it. When drinking the tea you'll get the nice pistachio flavor, but then the "grassy flavor" sets in for the after-taste.
Recommendation : Yes. While not the best dragonwell green tea I've had, it certainly is tasty and does indeed have a hint of pistachio in it. Plus, the typical "grassy flavor" found in many other green teas is quite subtle...although it shows itself quite strongly in the after-taste.
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