Snow Dragon Green Tea – Xue Long
Excellent green tea from Yunnan. Very nice taste. Rich fruity flavor and nutty aroma. Hand-crafted into elongated spirals to resemble the shape of a flying dragon.
Why we like it?
Xue long is a very impressive green tea. It feels nice. It smells nice. And it tastes nice. The sight of its leaves dangling in hot water and gradually restoring their pre-harvesting form will keep your friends and audience captivated.
Roman’s personal score: 80/100
Miha’s personal score: 88/100
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Steeping suggestions for Snow Dragon xue long
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 6 grams (0.2oz – about 1 tsp)
- water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
- time: 60-120 seconds
- number of infusions: 3-5
- discard the first brew
Ideal for beginners. Very forgiving. You could steep it at 100 °C for minutes and still it wont go bad. We recommend you stick to our suggestions though, brewing it carefully – as you would do with any quality green tea. Make sure to use very clean water with low mineral to fully appreciate all the nuances of Snow Dragon.
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