Black Dragon (China)
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Oolongs aren't oxidized enough to be called black tea, but they are too far oxidized to be called a green tea.
There are "light" and "dark" oolongs, and Black Dragon is dark and toasty. The tea leaves are twisted to resemble the shape of the Chinese Dragon, hence the name "Black Dragon"
This tea might remind you of the sort of oolong varietal you would expect to find in Chinese restaurants, although it is of higher quality, of course. Ideally when you steep this tea, you first want to "rinse" it, meaning you steep it for about 30 seconds, dump out the water, and THEN steep the tea for a couple minutes and drink it. You can then continue to resteep the tea leaves several times, and the taste of the tea remains consistent for each cup.
Tasting Notes: Toast, Earthy, Smoky
Steep: 1 Tbsp of tea for 10-12 oz water. Water temperature: 195. Rinse the tea leaves, and then steep time 2 minutes, adding a minute for each subsequent steeping of the same leaves. The tea leaves are good for 3 or 4 steepings -- when your mug is empty, reuse the tea leaves to make some more!
Sweetener: Not recommended
Approximately 24 Tbsp in a 2 ounce package.