This may not be the most over the top floral and complex cuppa TKY I’ve ever had, but listen guys. Value wise, this thing is great for the money, and a cup that I can drink daily and say, oh yes, this IS Oolong.
“My 1st Ti Kuan Yin! I’ve seen lots of amazing tasting notes about Samovar’s version(Monkey Picked Iron Goddess of Mercy), but I wasn’t sure how big the sample size is and I have a...” Read full tasting note
“This is a lovely Oolong, sweet, pleasing orchid notes which are quite delicate at first, but reveal themselves more with the infusions that follow. I’m currently on my fourth infusion, and...” Read full tasting note
“Well, I was going to plow through the black tea sampler first, but I decided that I wanted to try something else instead. (I did actually drink a cup of yunnan jig this morning, but I...” Read full tasting note
“I have had this before and loved it. This love has continued to this batch as well. I would love to note more about this but I don’t have time. Gotta love Tech week, moving, and school all at...” Read full tasting note
Oolong tea from the Fujian province of China. In Mandarin, Ti Kuan Yin means ‘iron goddess of mercy,’ a name derived from local legend. This tea is arguably the finest of Chinese oolongs, with competition-grade varieties selling for thousand of dollars a pound.
Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.
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Heavy crumpled balls of dry leaves, gorgeously unfurl imparting color and flavor to the tea.
If I could sum it up in one word it would be “Earthy”. The color is a deep green/amber, echoing the earthy flavor. There’s a slight floral aftertaste that is refreshing. Stays enjoyable even as the tea cools.
All in all a very solid, enjoyable Oolong.
I’ve had this tea about 3 or 4 times now and can honestly say this is an excellent tea. It is certainly one of the best Ti Kuan Yin (aka Iron Goddess of Mercy) teas I’ve had. And hands down the best tea I’ve gotten from Adagio.It is very smooth and I can’t detect any bitterness. It has a nice blend of sweetness and vegetal flavors. I’m having a hard time put my finger on the sweetness—maybe a slight lychee taste, but the flavor is faint so I’m not too sure. Not that ID’ing the flavor matters. What matters is that the balance is spot on.
Good stuff, especially for the price. This is my favorite style of oolong. I tried steeping in a traditional Yixing clay teapot, with the extra steepings, but I honestly thought it tastes best brewing it Western style in my Teavana steeper for 6 minutes (yes, I am a barbarian). Good aroma and the leaves smell delicious after steeping.