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2011 Autumn Anxi Gande 7A Tie Guan Yin

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  • “I came across JK teashop through a google search (I was looking for a tea presentation vessel in pure white). Browsing through their website I noticed their seven A's grade Tie Guan Yin (the...” Read full tasting note
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Anxi Oolong tea is famous for its Spring aroma and Autumn taste. This Tie Guan Yin is processed in accordance with the traditional Tie Guan Yin tea-making techniques, that is why its orchid fragrance is mixed with the tea soup. After drinking the tea soup, you will feel the soup is very delicate and full, and the whole mouth is full of sweetness and the orchid aroma is lingering between your teeth.

Normally for tea from high mountains, you will easily smell the delicate and sharp aroma after brewing. This tea is extremely infusible; after 8 times brewing, you can still taste the tea flavor in the soup. Enjoy this high mountain Tie Guan Yin.

All of our Anxi Oolong teas are vacuumed and stored in the freezer to keep them in super freshness condition. We will also vacuum all our Anxi Oolong teas when deliver to our clients. Normally, for TGY, it will be vacuumed and packed in 8g/pack, as we brew 8g/Gaiwan.

Super high quality Tie Guan Yin, extremely welcome by heavy Tie Guan Yin drinkers or enthusiasts in China, who seek high mountain, traditional Tie Guan Yin

Origin: Gande town, Anxi county, Fujian Province

Harvest time: 2011 Autumn

Picking standard: two or three half-matured tea leaves

Shape: tight bold ball shape(or some call dragonfly head shape)

Dried tea color: bloom sand green

Aroma: natural and fresh orchid aroma

Tea soup color: bright light yellowish green color

Taste: freshness, sweetness, delicate orchid taste, long after-taste

Brewing vessel: Gaiwan(120cc) or Yixing tea pot(120cc)

Water: purified or mineral water is the best.

Brewing guidelines: Gaiwan or Yixing pot (120cc):5-7grams per time (based on personal taste); the water temperature should be over 98C or 209 F.

1) Warm up-First to warm up the vessels, pour out the hot water;
2) Smell dried tea fragrance-Then put the teas in the vessels, cover the Gaiwan or Yixing pot, and shake the vessels for about 3 seconds, then smell the dried tea leaves aroma.
3) Wash the tea-Pour the hot water into the vessels and pour out the water within8seconds; then smell the tea aroma on the lid first to enjoy the Tie Guan Yin flavor;
4) First infusion-pour the hot water into the vessels again, and steep for about 10-25 seconds(based on personal taste);
5) Coming infusion- the time for the successive infusion can be 5 seconds longer than the previous infusion.

Infusion time: at least 11-12 times

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I came across JK teashop through a google search (I was looking for a tea presentation vessel in pure white). Browsing through their website I noticed their seven A’s grade Tie Guan Yin (the highest grade they have) it sounded ridiculous but I added a sample to my order. Anyways, This tea was truly an experience.

>Dry Leaf Appearance/Aroma
Tightly curled dark jade leaves, they feel hard and not very fragile. Aroma is subtle but very noticeable from a short distance, fresh floral scent.

>Brewing Method
Following JK teashop’s directions using freshly boiled water, 10-20 sec steep time, and a Yixing teapot. Brewed for 7 consecutive infusions.

>Liquid Appearance
First cups had a clear pale yellow green, later ones became bright golden green.

>Taste/Aroma
My first cup had an amazing floral aroma. Orchid-like and sugary sweet.
The tea itself was very fresh, incredibly floral, subtly sweet, and light bodied. What impressed me most about this tea, was its intense aftertaste. After a few sips, you could feel a lingering floral freshness engulfing your mouth and throat. A sensation very similar to that of having a mint, but instead of minty flavor, you get a very fresh orchid-like breath. Very impressive and unlike anything I’ve had before.

My second cup was almost exactly the same to the first with just a stronger floral aroma.
My third cup became slightly thicker in texture but not by much (barely noticeable if drinking in small sips). Aroma, taste, and aftertaste remained just as intense as the first cup.

In my 4th cup, I noticed a slight loss of aroma, lighter taste and not as floral, but still really good. After the 4th cup I increased brew time from 10-15 sec to 20 sec.
I was wowed in my 5th cup. Aroma was fainter, but the taste became bolder. Sweet fresh floral taste with a thicker texture than previous cups, almost creamy but not quite there. Very tasty.

6th and 7th cup began to have a slight green taste. Aroma was barely noticeable on the 6th and completely gone by the 7th. Taste became fainter but still very good, thicker and subtly sweet. I ended the tasting on the 7th cup not because of loss of flavor, its just too much tea for me in one sitting (aroma was completely gone, but taste-wise this tea still had more to offer).

>Wet Leaf Appearance
Mix of broken and unbroken leaves, some were very well preserved, others were just in pieces. Leaves were about medium sized. Very few stems.

>Overall
This tea was so close to perfection! The floral aroma, the orchid sweet taste, the aftertaste! They were one of the most intense I’ve had. The only thing that kept this tea from being absolute perfect, was that it lacked that buttery/creamy texture that gives the taste a richer flavor. For example, Verdant’s 2012 Hand Picked TGY has a more well rounded “package” having a nice balance of aroma, taste, texture, and aftertaste. This one excelled in the aroma and aftertaste (as of today the best in those categories, but I still got a long way to go) taste was very good but lacking in texture. Still, this was a very enjoyable experience, definitely a must try if you prefer your Tie Guan Yins on the more aromatic side.

Overall, Great tea, AMAZING aftertaste and aroma, and very affordable (under $10 an ounce, bad thing is, they only sell either a 15g sample or 100g(3.52 oz) pack for about $34).
I will definitely order more of this tea whenever I clear up my TGY cache.

*I still have enough tea left for another session. I will try using longer steep times next to see if I can get the thicker texture on the first cups and update on my findings.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
SweetBlossom

Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it :)

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