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It’s a bagged Tie Guan Yin…but actually good and taste pretty close to some loose leaf versions of the tea. I was looking for bagged Oolongs that I could resort to for school (yay, I am poor college student!). And I might actually pick this one considering that it was only two bucks and organic. Now for the actual taste:
It is a lighter, greener Oolong that definitely has the floral taste of an oolong-it’s fairly close to Harney and Sons Pomegranate Ooloong, but more vegetal and again floral in taste. It’s even a little sweet and slightly creamy hints to it, though they are minimal and subtle. The leaf quality is slightly better than what you would expect from a bag, but it’s still full in taste, though not as good as a loose leaf. However, this would be a pretty good introduction to Tie Guan Yin because it indeed tastes like one, and is one. I might settle for this one for bagged tea, but a part of me wants to see if there are any better ones. I think I might stay put with this one.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Orchid, Vegetal
I recently moved into a new apartment and, of all things, I lost my teas. I haven’t had the time to visit my local natural foods store, and my mother is compulsive about caring for me, so she purchased this and sent it my way. I don’t plan to purchase it again. I’ve found this tea to be [unsurprisingly] much too weak. However, I had been brewing a cup while preparing for a weekend camping trip when I was rushed off prematurely, leaving it behind. When I returned, it was sitting undisturbed where I had left it. Despite my better judgement I reheated it, added milk, and found that it was the best cup of green tea that I have ever had (that’s not saying much, I suppose). I have since confirmed (according to my tastes) that the longer it is brewed, the better its flavour. I typically brew it at least ten minutes starting with not-quite-boiling water, using the bags only once. It’s still not fabby, but it’s good enough until I make my choice store next.