Curled Silver Dragon is Another Great Tea Option
Tea: Curled Silver Dragon
Producer: Cultured Cup
Website: Curled Silver Dragon
The silver-green tea leaves resemble the shape of a coiled dragon and yield a sweet, velvety, and delicate cup of tea.
Tea Type or Tisane | Flavors: Green | delicate floral, Asian pear
Tea Tips: A tea to mindfully sip and savor.
Ingredients: China, Zhejiang Province green tea
Water: 240 ml/ approximately 8 oz
Temperature: 175 F
Steep Time: 3 minutes for 3 gm
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
My Overall Impression (Score of 87.5 %)
As I’ve stated in previous articles, I’m exploring more green teas for variety and relaxation. Now while I’m looking at new teas to purchase, I focus on what green options are available. I was able to pick up this great option in Dallas this summer.
Cultured Cup’s Curled Silver Dragon has depth and strength to it. I say that because as a Chef and a Sommelier, I love the interaction with food and beverages. This brew has some unique qualities. If you look at the picture, it looks a bit watered down. Do not be fooled. This green malt has body that will stand up to strong Asian food options. While I was writing my notes, I grabbed my container of 5-Spice powder and the aromas beautifully intertwined.
The price as of 11/7/23 is $20.75 for 56 gm or 2 oz.
- 56gm / 3 gm for steeping = 18 cups
- 18 cups from package = $1.15 per cup
Typically, I double steep all my teas (use the tea twice) so I can get 28 cups or approximately 58 cents per cup. Definitely worth it for the price point.
- In the bag, it has light (almost delicate) light green malt tones with floral notes. I was not able to make out anything distinctive.
- Once brewed, the malt grew in intensity with big creamy notes mixed with hints of wet leaves (reminded me of walking around in fall) were over the profile.
- Suggestions of parsley, sage, rosemary, and dried grass came out with the floral notes of gardenia and geranium.
- After drinking this for a few moments, I can describe the flavors and either apples or pears sauteed in butter with hints of marjoram, thyme, and parsley. BTW, I’d toss in some mushrooms to help with add the earthy notes and texture.
- Very creamy mouthfeel over the palate with no bitter tones.
- On the palate, it showed lovely off dry notes with great acid and body. The tannins were just strong enough to add structure and not overpower.
- Aromas (4.4/5)
- Flavors (8.6/10)
- Overall impression (4.5/5)
- Total score = 87.5 percent (17.5/20)
Foods to Pair and Why
- When I tried this, I had a craving for sauteed apples with a hint of cinnamon slightly cooled and mixed with bacon or ground pork and served as lettuce wraps.
- Any chicken stir fry with lots of green vegetables, hoisin and 5 Spice powder
- Roasted acorn squash that is then scraped out of the skin and pureed with some cream for a wonderful velvety fall soup
- I love mushrooms. I like to smoke them for about 20 minutes and then roast them drizzled with olive oil in the oven. These are stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese or soft brie, sauteed small-diced pears and a touch of mace.
- Lastly, I’ve made several cups of this tea and put on some jazz and chilled out to my tablet and a great read.