Tie Guan Yin

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I love Oolongs… I think I have mentioned this previously, but I will gladly repeat it! This is one of my everyday day teas for two main reasons: 1 It is delicious 2 I can get it for not an outrageous price decently close to my house! Since caffeine has absolutely no effect on me, this ends up being a bed time tea. It is incredibly relaxing to sip through the complex yet incredibly comforting array of flavors.

OOOOOooooolongs… The OOOooo is so appropriate! OOOoooo sooo good! (Ok… Now I am done with my silliness for the night! On with the tasting note!)

I had this tonight in my usual three steepings. I steep this 1 tsp of tea to 8oz of water, 8oz per cup so I can actually enjoy all three steepings (each increasing in time) without being too full my the last one!

The smell of the leaf is very fresh with hint of fresh cut grass. It has a lingering sweetness to it, that makes me always want to come back to it. While steeping, the freshness scent is briefly enhanced but always leading to sweetness.

The first steep is always the most vegetable like one. It tastes very crisp followed by artichoke and leading into a buttery delight. The aftertaste is all sweetness. Joy joy!

The second steep is my favorite. The artichoke is still there, but it is nutty and smooth. The buttery taste and feel is everywhere and the sweetness in the aftertaste is even more evident. It takes a lot of willpower to not drink it too quickly. I really want it to last!

The third steep is lighter. Upfront buttery and nutty. There is a woody note that doesn’t ever show up before the third steep. The vegetable becomes more of an afterthought, but still is very present. The sweetness in the aftertaste is subdued in this last steep. This is what keeps it from being my favorite of the 3 steeps.

If you like Oolongs, this is a handsome one to try! : )

190 °F / 87 °C

I love a good Tie Guan Yin tea. I get many steeps from the same leaves, and it is so delicious!


The second steep is always my favorite too, :))

Dinah Saur

More than almost anyone else, your reviews tend to convince me to try specific teas. Looking forward to getting some of this one at some point!


Yes…….I think this is probably Ninavampi’s best, most convincing review. I really enjoyed it!


Thanks so much Dinah and *ScottTeaMan"! I will try to keep it up! You have made me smile! : )


@Dinah- I think you can only get this in Ecuador. If you are interested I could send you a sample of it so you can get to try it. : )

Dinah Saur

@Ninavampi, Ooh, yes yes yes! I just sent you a PM with a reciprocal offer. :)


OOOOOooooolongs… The OOOooo is so appropriate!

I completely agree. An oolong has to invoke that sort of thought before it can be called awesome

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91 tasting notes

Backlogging from a couple days ago. Didn’t have time to take down notes then, so will be trying again with a chance to take notes soon. In the meantime, general impressions are that this is delicious, herbaceous, and had a lightly sweet after-taste.

Thank you so much to Ninavampi for sending along this sample!


I am glad you enjoyed it! :) it is one of my favorites!

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