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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.


Artesian Well

Artesian Well

Artesian Well

Early this morning i drove my red 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser to the artesian well north of Lynwood, WA and arrived at 6:00 A.M. Water flows 24 hours a day from a pipe in the 400 foot deep well. It was built in the 50′s and is in view of 164th street. Natural underground pressure forces the water to the surface and filling eight 5 gallon containers took about twenty minutes. This is my “Dragon Well” source that i named in honor of the Dragon Well Springs in Hangzhou’s West Lake District of Zhejiang Province in China. The well is my nearest source of sweet pure water that isn’t tainted with chlorine or fluoride – it’s perfect for tea tastings that we do at the Tea House Gallery in north Ballard. The proof of the quality of this water is in the taste of the Silver Needle White Tea and the first Spring pick of Bi Luo Chun and Dragon Well Green teas. Drop by for daily tea tastings at the Tea House Gallery and show loving gratitude for the water.