I updated this tea a little because it’s now organic. So with the new ‘change’ to the tea, I reviewed the organic version here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/11/organic-rose-ginger-oolong-tea-from-aftelier-perfumed-teas/
Because it’s been a while since I had the previous non-organic version of this tea, it would be difficult to sit back and compare the two based only on memory and previous reviews. But, I am of the belief that organic is better. It’s better for the earth, it’s better for our bodies.
The rose and the ginger play very well together. It’s not really a flavor combination I would have thought of putting together, but I’m glad that Aftelier did because I really enjoyed it. The TieQuanYin has a light earthy quality to it with wisps of smoke in the background. Lightly creamy, a buttery note that is more like browned butter than fresh, creamy butter. The roasted notes of the TieQuanYin add a nutty dimension to the cup that is quite pleasant.
I was surprised at how the “baked in” flavors of this tea remain after many infusions. A really lovely tea – I highly recommend the tea collection from Aftelier.