Lao Tieguanyin

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Oolong Tea
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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  • “I received a sample of this tea with my regular order (policy of the company, which is very nice). The company website and description has me a bit baffled. It says the taste is/should be sweet...” Read full tasting note
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    Barbara78 59 tasting notes
  • “This is from a sample very kindly sent by Barbara - she had said it reminded her a bit of our beloved Thé-o-dor Milky Oolong. I had misplaced the sample (I really have too many teas still to try!)...” Read full tasting note
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    cteresa 331 tasting notes

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This tea from the Zhangzhou organic tieguanyin farm we call ‘Lao Tieguanyin’. Lao is Chinese for old, but more in the sense of mature and wise. The excellent taste of this tieguanyin proves this.

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I received a sample of this tea with my regular order (policy of the company, which is very nice).

The company website and description has me a bit baffled. It says the taste is/should be sweet and floral. Perhaps I brewed it wrong, though I don’t really think so as the tea turned out to taste pretty good, just not sweet and floral, but rather very much like raw chestnuts. It also smells of chestnuts, olive oil and/or some kind of vegetable I can’t put my finger on. Furthermore it has a distinctly woody quality.

Perhaps the website refers to the aged Tieguanyin, while I received the non-aged or less-aged version? (The website links through to a page about the farm, where a number of varieties are mentioned, while the website itself shows pictures of a yellow/amber coloured brew and a burnt orange coloured brew).

Anyway, it has a comforting warm but at the same time strangly crisp energizing character.

I’m sorry I can’t describe it more accurately, but it just isn’t like any tea I’ve tasted before. Maybe the taste is typical for oolongs, but this is just my second – the first being a Chinese “milky oolong” of undisclosed origin.

A very interesting tea in a positive way. Probably something I’ll be ordering in the near furtur (maybe even today… :-)).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I really liked this, thank you! I think I am definetely a oolong (green oolong) persona after all.

Also from a swap, I tried Ten Ren´s Sun Moon Lake, a high mountain oolong from Tai Wan which was excellent.

Barbara

Good to hear! I really like the oolongs myself as well. Currently I’m moving a bit toward the darker oolongs, which are really good as well (Red Robe and such).

cteresa

I am pretty interested in blacks blacks right now as well – but glad I got over thinking I did not care much for oolongs.

Barbara

Those are not my favorite although I’ve tasted some pretty nice ones lately. Amongst which a black Tieguanyin from tea-adventure. I’ve ordered a batch. I’ll send you some sometime (shipping is some three weeks).

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This is from a sample very kindly sent by Barbara – she had said it reminded her a bit of our beloved Thé-o-dor Milky Oolong. I had misplaced the sample (I really have too many teas still to try!) but just found it so here goes.

This is rolled green oolong, bit smaller than that Milky Oolong, but not quite as tightly rolled as Ten Ren´s Sun Moon Lake. Infusing the tea, I was sure I had made a mistake in ammount or temperature, the water hardly changed color, a very clear very pale liquor – but the tea is resulting is indeed tea! Body, flavour, some sweetness, some astringency. Barbara mentioned a taste like raw chestnuts which seems spot on to me, that sort of taste quality.

I got to experiment with more steeps and as well, with a more generous ammount. This is further confirmation that after all I am a oolong person, as long as it is a really good green oolong.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Barbara

Glad you liked it! I found this one re-steeps very well…

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