Dragon Eyes (Long Yan He)
Imagine finding a truly good tasting iced tea that is wonderful with food and refreshing. Then imagine the same leaves steeped and served hot as a highly aromatic, fruity black tea. While there are a great number of infused teas produced in China, our Dragon Eyes is a traditional favorite in Fujian Province and rarely found outside China.
Why we selected this lot. The tea maker is well known for his work with jasmine scented teas. Each year, as one enters his tasting room, the scent of Longan fruit is evident. This year's lot is vibrant with aroma and flavor. The leaves are smaller size indicating a slightly sweeter cup. It balanced, tastes clean and is refreshing.
Interesting facts about this tea. Dragon Eyes makes an excellent iced tea beverage. Add ice and there is no clouding. Wonderful served with food. It is most widely consumed in Fujian Province. The considered better cup is made using a smaller leaf varietal verse a larger leaf. Tea is infused with the juice of the Longan berry, a bright red fruit.
Taste profile. Offers a very distinct, strongly sweet and fruity cup with a lingering finish. An excellent tea served hot and absolutely wonderful served chilled as iced tea.
Brewing suggestions. Use 3 grams for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste. For iced tea, place 1 ounce of leaves in a pitcher and pour on water at 195-205 F and let the leaves steep for 8-10 minutes. Strain the leaves and pour off the brewed tea. Add one gallon of cold water and enjoy.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.
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The black tea leaves, once oxidized, are literally sprayed with fresh Longan fruit juice and dried.
The aroma of this tea will fill a room once it is decanted.
Dragon Eyes Tea
Posted by Unknown on 19th May 2016
I just discovered this tea from a friend and ordered some from Silk Road. It is a wonderfully fragrant black tea. It is fantastic with with almond milk.
Posted by Doug Holbrook on 28th Sep 2014
When you need something different try this one. Very fragrant, makes a great afternoon tea to wake up the senses. I would not drink it as an everyday tea but as something to change up the pace it is great.
Posted by Robin on 5th Sep 2014
Wow! This tea is richly fragrant. My apologies to those with sophisticated pallets but this just reminds me of sharing good food and good times at Christmas. Unlike many scented teas, the quality of the leaf is good and strongly supports the longan so it can really shine. I’m not usually one to have milk or sugar with tea but I just may try with this one. I certainly recommend this one.