Dragonwell Grade 3 is a beautiful inviting Brew

Tea :      Dragonwell  Grade 3

Producer:  Cultured Cup

Website: Dragonwell Grade 3

Website Description:  One of China’s top ten most famous historical teas.  Dragonwell tea leaves are carefully shaped by hand in a large wok.  The tasty, savory notes are unlike those in any other green tea.

Tea Type or Tisane | Flavors: Green | roasted artichoke heart, toasted chestnut, savory, smooth

Tea Tips: The flattened leaves take time to release the flavors seared inside. Steep these tea leaves multiple times until the flavor fades. 

Brewing Specs

Water:  240 ml/ approximately 8 oz

Temperature: 175 F

Steep Time: 3 minutes for 2.5 gm

My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/

My Overall Impression (Score of 88.0%)

One of the most dynamic aspects about tea is learning the differences between brands within similar styles.  For example, I’m traveling more and realizing that Earl Grey is vastly different from location to location.  This is one of the major reasons why I carry some of my favorite teas on the road.  However, it would be nice to compare teas from assorted brands to learn.  So why not have a quick comparison of Dragonwell teas and note the differences?

This week, I sampled Dragonwell Grade 3 from Cultured Cup.  Straight up , there is something about the aromas (in the bag and brewed) that is different.  Once I tasted it, I knew this was a different vibe.  Its incredible smoothness is exceptionally inviting.  The sample cup disappeared quickly as it was delicious.  All I can say is that the brew is delicate with its seaweed and fennel notes on the flavor profile makes this enjoyable. 

Just a lovely brew…plain and simple.

What do I think this Tea’s Personality is?

  • I’m sitting on my front porch, watching sunset reading a book and sipping on this tea…complete relaxation.

The Price

The price on 3/26/2024 is $12.25 for 2 oz or 56.7 grams.

Broken down:

  • 56 gm / 3 gm for steeping = 18 brews
  • 18 brews from package = app. 68 cents per brew

Typically, I double steep all my teas (use the tea twice) so I can get 36 cups or approximately 34 cents per cup.  Amazing value for the price.


  • In the package, it shows a nutty green note (reminded me of pistachios), with alfalfa, and dried peas (without the wasabi).
  • It also shows hints of dried apple, pine needles, moss, baby’s breath, notes of pepper dust and honeydew.
  • Once brewed, it shows big nori sheet / cut grass notes, with dried parsley and cooked asparagus. It has a bit of a raw character to it (very pleasant).
  • It also has hints of fennel, eucalyptus, sage, thyme, sea salt and ocean spray.


  • The tea shows exceptionally light notes of fennel, fresh peas with a briny note.
  • This is followed by soft delicate notes of seaweed, parsley, and grass.
  • The brew has great acidity with an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel and a touch of texture (dust).
  • It has off dry notes, with medium tannins and body.


  • Aromas (4.3/5)
  • Flavors (8.7/10)
  • Overall impression (4.6/5)
    • Total score = 88.0 percent (17.6/20)

Foods to Pair and Why

  • I love the idea of this brew paired with a fresh fennel / green apple salad (and maybe toss in some fresh sugar snap peas).
  • I’m waiting to start my garden so I can grow fresh peas. These sauteed briefly with a dash of salt and pepper in butter will be a great match.
  • I’m not sure why this came to mind, but I had the idea of wok seared herbed Shrimp served with a chilled pasta salad with fresh garden vegetables.
  • My garden also has the ability to produce way too many cucumbers. Something I have not played with much is a simple cucumber tea sandwich to serve with this brew.
  • Again, the chef in me came up with this pairing but I love the idea of a simple Veal Saltimbocca to have with this tea.
  • Spring brings fresh pencil thin asparagus that I would love to quickly blanch, chill, and lightly pickle in an herb vinaigrette.
  • For a dessert option, I would love to serve either a sheep’s milk or goat milk cheese like an herbed chevre with lavash.
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