West Lake Dragon Well King

Appearance: Well sorted nice whole pale green leaves. Shiny due to pan firing processing.

Aroma: Sweet and nutty, intriguing.

Color: All most transparent green with downy hairs floating about.

Brew #1 Sweet viscous nectar with mild nuttiness, no astringency, a very little taste of the sea. Heart opening, dull thoughts dissipating.

Brew #2 Strong nutty presence and a hint of algae. I am brought to a pier overlooking clear water seeing all the smooth stones and flora that inhabit this section of water.

Brew #3 Lungs are filled with peace. This tea becomes more viscous with each consecutive brew making it more enjoyable to drink. The chi is much more present at this point, after being reawakened, brought back to life, now the tea is ready to make it’s presence known. The flavor doesn’t increase in any significant manner yet remains smooth and balanced, slightly salty.

Brew #4 Mild sea breeze mist mixes with the mist coming off of a nearby waterfall. High glaciers melt slightly sending gentle yet powerful surges of water down the side of a nearby mountain creating a light refreshing cool mist that interacts with a late morning fog on the sea.

Brew #5 Tea has transformed at this point, much lighter in flavor yet somehow more present. I am brought to a still point in my tea experience, the distinction between tea and water is lost yet the energy of the tea remains just behind the thin curtain that separates this plane of existence from that which remains unseen to the naked eye. This tea has transmitted some form of wisdom and peace into my heart which I also give back, owing it to the source from whence it came.

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This has been tea tasting with Stephen Bonnell.

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