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Tea Review: Dragonheart White Tea

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Hello, community. I had meant to post something for the chai theme a while back, but somehow I never got around to it. So my very first post here will be about white tea, instead.

Dragonheart White Tea

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This is a loose leaf tea from Teaopia that I purchased last year. This is a blend of Pai Mu Tan white tea, bamboo leaves, and pomegranate blossoms. The taste is pleasant and unique. I would describe it as woody and very slightly sweet. The tea brews up into a very appealing bright amber colour. The one thing I don't like about this tea as how large and coarse the leaves are, as it's a bit difficult to stuff them inside the tea egg. I enjoyed Dragonheart and I would probably buy it again, but it hasn't made it onto my list of top favourite teas.

I am still very new to white teas. Do you have a favourite blend or flavour of white tea?
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On April 24th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC), helike commented:
I wish I could remember the brand I liked the most. It was mild and had some sweet flavour to it, but I can't even remember if there was some special ingredients added apart from tea leaves.

Edited at 2011-04-24 01:25 pm (UTC)
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On April 24th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC), ditch_gospel replied:
At least now you have a good excuse to try all different kinds of white tea, trying to find the one you liked!

Hello, by the way. I see your comments in Fujiko's journal all the time, but this is the first time I've actually talked to you.
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On April 25th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC), helike replied:
True ^^ I've already started, but haven't found that one yet XD Well, maybe I'll have more luck next time.

Hello and Happy Easter you (if you celebrate them). It's definitely the first time we've ever talked, although I also remember seeing your comments on Fujiko's journal ^^
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On April 25th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC), ditch_gospel replied:
If you find it, you should post about it here in the tea comm.

Happy Easter to you, too!
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On April 24th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC), fujiko1601 commented:
It's nice to see someone revives this community, I've been lazy as hell.

The mix sounds interesting. If I had pomegranate blossoms, I could try to mix it myself, I do have Pai Mu Tan and bamboo leaves. usually when I make white tea, the colour turns out so pale, yours is so golden! I hear you about large leaves, while I don't use a tea egg, it is a hassle to measure large leaves in tea spoon.

I'm afraid I haven't quite mastered the art of making white tea. The pure white teas feel a bit like warm water with some extra softness to it and nothing more or feel a bit dusty. A friend made me a nice cup of some kind of Christmas tea with white tea, but I don't remember what was in it. So far my favourites have been Jasmine pearls and Cool Dragon (white tea with papaya, apple, white bean peels, nettle, dewberry leaves, black current leaves and citric acid).
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On April 24th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC), ditch_gospel replied:
I'm impressed with your ability to mix your own teas. You even have bamboo leaves! I love maple black tea, but since it's hard to find, I think I'll follow your example and try adding my own maple.

I usually steep my teas for longer than the recommended time because I enjoy a strong flavour, so perhaps that's why the color is darker.

The jasmine pearl tea seems very appealing. I'd like to try it. Cool Dragon sounds a bit too fruity for my tastes, but it has an intersting combination of ingredients.

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On April 25th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
I have some ingredients like rose petals and bamboo leaves, but I'm afraid I have done very little actual mixing. :( Maple black tea? Never heard of it. How does it taste?

Perhaps, but with some teas I never get much colour, no matter how long I steep.

It's fun to watch the pearls uncurling. There are whole small branches with several leaves on them! I wouldn't call Cool Dragon exactly fruity, but I guess it depends on your definition of fruity. I never buy the fruit flavoured teas from the convenience store, but I like the ones in tea shops with actual pieces of fruit in it as long as there is tea as well.
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On April 25th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC), ditch_gospel replied:
Rose tea is something I would still like to try. I love both jasmine and magnolia teas, so rose might be good, too. The maple somehow seems to make the tea taste smooth, plus I LOVE the flavour of maple.

Branches? Neat! That would be fun to make. I used to have some whole chery blossoms that looked really pretty in a glass mug.

Maybe I should try some of the good quality fruit teas. There are a lot of them to choose from, so they must be popular.
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On April 27th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
I tried some pure rose tea and found it a bit too sweet. Don't mind rosebuds in my tea though.

Ooh, cherry blossoms! Did they add to the taste or were there there for decorative purposes?

Well, I always support trying new teas.
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On April 27th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC), ditch_gospel replied:
Actually there was no tea at all with the cherry blossoms, just a bit of alcohol with it, I think. The taste was good, but not strong.

I like this comm! It's fun being able to babble on and on about tea. ♥
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On April 27th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
:D Yeah, it starts to feel awkward after a while when subjecting uninterested people to my tea babble in real life.
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On April 27th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC), ditch_gospel replied:
I know what you mean. My parents are coffee drinkers and they keep telling me that tea tastes like water. (>_<)
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