It is certainly appropriate to be drinking this tea this year, as it is the lunar year of the dragon. The Chinese New Year Celebrations have just ended. However, the box for this tea has a most magnificent dragon's head on it, so you can continue your festivities if you wish.This particular tea is a whole leaf tea. As "whole leaf, better flavor". The tea bag is big enough to allow the tea leaves room to move around. Dragon well tea is generally flat-leaved and when there are enough of them, I like to let them slip through my fingers because they are so silky feeling.
This particular tea is a whole leaf tea. As "Whole Leaf, Better Flavor". The tea bag is big enough to allow the tea leaves room to move around. Dragon well tea is generally flat-leaved and when there are enough of them, I like to let them slip through my fingers because they are so silky feeling. I brewed the tea for about 2 minutes with water, about 175 degrees. You have to be a little more careful with Dragonwell Tea, as boiling water and a long brew time equals a bitter brew.
The taste of the tea was somewhat unusual for a Dragon well, in my somewhat limited experience. I've only been drinking them for a couple years, so I have no great fund of knowledge. This one was both vegetable and sweet, leaning more toward the "seaweed" side than I care for. By "seaweed" I mean something briney or slightly fishy tasting, like the seaweed you get in bento boxes at a Japanese restaurant.
New evidence is emerging that Dragonwell Tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and Dragonwell Tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing Dragonwell Tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.