4 Tasting Notes

80

This tea is very delicate in taste. It is a refreshing tea.
The tea is also very beautiful. The leaves are all one bud and exactly the same shape and size. It is a very nice looking tea.
If you like very delicate teas, you might want to try this one.
For me personally, this tea is a bit too light, but I am glad that I purchased this tea, because it is such a beautiful looking tea. It is very unlike any other tea that I have so far encountered.

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95

I have tried all Teavivre’s Tie Guan Yin teas and a few from other stores, and this one is my favorite. I have had Tie Guan Yin tea with a stronger aroma than this one, but this tea is very well balanced for my taste. The aroma doesn’t overpower the teas other characteristics so you get more than just orchid flavor. The tea is sweet and compared to other Tie Guan Yin teas that I have tried, more subtle.

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68

This is a very savory.
Hard to detect any sweetness as it is overwhelmed by the savoriness of this tea.
Reminds me of baked beans or something similar.

I’d imagine this tea to best be drunk during a meal.

The tea has tiny little balls of fur here and here, which I was told was an indication of a high quality tea. I was told that they form when the tea is pan fried, and the hairs from the tea naturally clump together into these tiny balls, also indicating that the leaves used were young as they have more hair than older leaves.
Still, this tea is not for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
SimpliciTEA

“I was told that they form when the tea is pan fried, and the hairs from the tea naturally clump together into these tiny balls, also indicating that the leaves used were young as they have more hair than older leaves.” From what I have read, yes, the presence of the white ‘fuzz’ is good; one Long Jing I recently purchased has it, and it is clearly a high quality tea.

Too bad you didn’t like this tea; personally, I really like Long Jing. Perhaps if you experiment with the brewing parameters you may get different results (green tea can easily get bitter if brewed too long, sometimes even if brewed for more than a minute).

Dxniel

Don’t get me wrong. I really like Long Jing tea myself as well, but just not this particular one. I didn’t brew it bitter. It is too savory and not as sweet and refreshing as the Long Jing tea’s that I do like.

SimpliciTEA

Got it. I think I know what you mean by savory; it does seem like the earlier harvested green teas are typically lighter in flavor, but fresher and more complex, if that is what you are referring to, as in, if that is what you were expecting. I prefer that as well (over bolder flavors that tend to mask more delicate flavors).

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78

I haven’t had that many Phoenix Dancong teas before, but I never really was that fond of them until I purchased this sample.
When I was about to place my order, I figured I could add some cheap samples to try out. I am glad I did.
The first brewed cup had quite a smokey flavor and a slight fruity flavor in the background.
The second cup had very little smokeyness and was a lot more fruity than the first cup I brewed.
The third cup was very similar to the second cup I brewed, but a bit lighter, in a good way.
The fourth cup was worth brewing, but not that special tasting. Most of the sweetness had subsided and there was a vague fruity aroma left, but still an enjoyable cup.

I only used 2,5 grams and steeped the tea for 1:00, second 1:30, third 2:00 and fourth cup for 3:00.

I will definitely buy some more of this tea and also try out different varieties of Phoenix Dancong tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
SimpliciTEA

I recently bought a Phoenix Dancong from them (it may be the same one) and really liked it as well.

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