Another Sipdown, this one from Lee. I wish I had more to say about it, but I drank it hours ago, so really, all I can say is I enjoyed it. Lightly roasty…
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“Hurrah! An incredible oolong with _fantastic_ floral notes, a bright flavour with a subtle sweetness. Rishi has upped the game with this Iron Goddess - a tea worthy of rolling in the Oolong gang...” Read full tasting note
A specially baked tea made to order for Rishi Tea each spring and winter. Tae Guan Yin is known as Iron Goddess of Mercy and is the most famous oolong tea. Our special grade of this tea is hand-harvested from the soft stem Wu-Yi tea bush cultivar that is descended from the original tea bushes introduced to Taiwan from Fujian in the 19th Century. Made according to the traditional Tae Guan Yin oxidation and bamboo coal baking techniques developed in China’s Fujian province, our Iron Goddess of Mercy is a special treat for oolong tea lovers. Our Iron Goddess of Mercy has a light golden-amber infusion with a smooth body and sweet finish. Its aroma is profoundly reminiscent of baked grain and dried apricot.
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For Christmas, my brother got me my first Yixing teapot—and I decided to dedicate it to Tieguanyin oolong (partly because the Whole Foods in town sells it, and I like to avoid shipping). So, I seasoned my pot with it and used it to makes very first gongfu style tea. I was really impressed—I loved this one Western style (see my other review for more detail), but I think gongfu brings out the subtleties more (no doubt partly due to the number of steeping a possible). I’m really looking forward to experiencing this tea even more as my pot continues to soak it in—it’s now an every-weekend tradition!
Light but warm, floral yet toasty. I am a fan. I enjoyed watching the small rounded balls of tea unfurl in my clear teapot. It’s a pretty tea. There is a great smooth body, and a light, pleasant finish to this tea. To the nose, it imparts a toasted, almost barley flavor, and upon tasting a floral buttered taste takes over. Could be enjoyed on a daily basis!
Just tried this one. It took me a few sips to get into it but once I did, I knew this oolong would be a staple in our cupboard. It sneaks up on you and steals your heart away. It is light, earthy and reminds me of sunlight hitting the Autumn leaves. The more you drink it, the deeper in love you fall. Great tea.
This was my second tieguanyin. My first was from Teavana, which tasted a bit stale. This is much better. Although, I wasn’t blown away. It’s too light to be an everyday tea, and too subtle to impress. I would almost keep it stocked. It’s slightly perfumed, and has a light roasty flavor. I prepared it gongfu style, in a gaiwan.