Whatcha Brewin’: Dragon Well Tea House
By Naz Jacobs
Sydneysiders have always been big on their coffee, but it’s time to show some love to another treasured brew -- tea!
It’s nice to have a cuppa with breakfast or while winding down on the couch in the evening, but if you only ever drink tea at home you’re missing out on the great variety of tea experiences Sydney has on offer.
Dragon Well Teahouse in the heart of the city prides themselves on being one of the most authentic Chinese teahouses in Australia. This is evident as soon as you step inside, surrounded by antique furniture and the tranquil sounds of the guzheng.
It’s a place that is truly serious about their tea. All their teas are carefully selected and shipped directly from a tea farm in mainland China, taking into account the best quality buds and leaves according to season.
I recently attended a tea appreciation ceremony at Dragon Well, and it totally transformed my take on tea. The hour was lead by the resident ‘tea master’ who educated me on the history and health benefits of the different kinds of tea -- white, green, oolong, red and black -- as we brewed and tasted each one. I learnt how to judge premium loose leaf and was able to sample some pu-erh from 2004, a particularly revered tea that improves with age.
Forget your Twinings and Lipton with your heaped spoons of sugar! Have a traditional pot of tea at Dragon Well, have a chat to the tea master, and learn to appreciate the scared beverage that’s been cherished for centuries.
And don’t forget, Dragon Well isn’t the only place that serves up an amazing tea drinking experience! Follow Whatcha Brewin’ as we explore Sydney’s tea culture one teahouse at a time.