Friday, February 29, 2008

Dragon's Beard

Tea: Dragon's Beard
Vendor: Teance
Price: $9.00 / 2 oz
Vendor Description: A ferocious name for a mild tea. Arrives tightly bundled like the whiskers of a Dragon. The tea sticks are broken into three equal pieces. Only a third of a tea stick is brewed at a time. When brewed, the flavor is mostly sweet with slight bitter edge.

This was the first tea that I have tried from Teance. It is actually a very unusual form of tea, it is large leaves and stems tied together tightly with red, white, and blue string. Since this is in a stick form it is almost like having a tea bag without having the actual bag. (Note that I took the picture with the tea in full form instead of the 1/3 to show it's interesting shape)

The flavor of the tea is very typical for a Chinese green tea. It was very smooth and almost naturally sweet, although not quite as much as a Japanese green tea. The aroma was rather mild and reminded me of Dragonwell. In general I was rather unimpressed with the flavor of the tea.

Rating: 6/10

Conclusion: While the tea itself was not spectacular, it was not lacking. The interesting form of this tea lends it to be a portable form of tea. More of a noveltea than anything. Interesting although it is a noveltea.

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