Tie Guan Yin - Iron Goddess - Superior Grade

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205 °F / 96 °C 8 oz / 236 ml

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Tie Guan Yin is one of China’s top ten teas and is as grand as its name. Oolong tea is partially or semi-fermented displaying qualities of both black and green teas. Oolong teas are beautiful and full bodied with a fragrant flavor and fruity, sweet aroma.

Origin: Fujian Province, China

The unique oxidation process of Tie Guan Yin oolong results in a tightly wound, uniform tea that is very dense, sage green in color and with what appears to be a light glazing of frost.

Add’l Notes from the seller:
It comes from a small tea farm who can’t afford the lengthy and expensive process of having their best tea graded in Beijing so they can only sell their best tea at the “A” grade level. This allows us to obtain a very excellent tea at a good price.

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Oh no, that was weird. I used a brita filter for water. Or maybe it was the fact that I intended a 60 sec steep and got distracted… ending up with a 2min 20 second steep. Either way it was far too floral for me. Adding sugar helped, masking the floral.
I’ll leave the rating as is, because I am sure it’s my fault this time!
Thanks for the sample Mark B!


I use a brita water filter all the time to make tea. I think it tastes much better than the water straight from the tap. When I first brought it home, my fiance and I were astounded at the difference actually. Our tap water is horrifying.


We have pretty decent tap water here, well, except for the flouride/chlorine they add. Somehow the fridge filter was alot better than the Brita. Wish I knew why! sighs.


Isn’t Toronto’s water just as hard and icky as Guelph’s? Ours is nasty, I swear. I really need to take a new Brita filter to my boyfriend’s place and clean his pitcher so I can have filtered water there too…. the teas would be soooooooooo much better…


Not as bad, but close. Not sure if Mississauga is less hard.

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Assuming this is the tea I got from Indigobloom via MarkB, even though it doesn’t quite match up…

Anyhow, it was a pretty decent green oolong. Some creaminess, a bit of floral (but not overpowering), and oolong flavour. What more can you want?! Drinking the second (possibly third…) infusion now, and it’s still quite enjoyable.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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