Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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Apricot, Cream, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Jasmine, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Butter, Smooth, Vegetal, Creamy, Mineral, Spinach, Cake, Peas, Vanilla, Cucumber, Melon
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 6 g 10 oz / 307 ml

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  • “I drank myself half silly with this one all day yesterday at work. Six (12oz) mugs I think – kind of lost track. I came in this morning and the leaf was still lush and green. I thought what the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A really great tea! I was feeling down and so this is my late night pick-me-up. I really appreciate how much information was given on this tea package. I think that it was nice to have exact...” Read full tasting note
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From Teavivre

Origin: Anxi, Fujian, China

Ingredients: Jade colored leaves (hand made into small, rolled up)

Harvest time: May 15, 2014

Taste: Delightfully fresh floral taste and aroma

Brew: 3-4 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 212 ºF (100 ºC) for 1 to 3 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: Tie Guan Yin tea is the premium form of Chinese Oolong teas. Being lightly fermented, these teas are high amino acids, vitamins, polyphenols and antioxidants. These combine into a tea that reduces cholesterol and helps reduce hardening of the arteries, and so can help reduce risks of heart attacks. The antioxidants it contains can also help guard against some forms of cancer, and also help fight the affects of aging and bacterial infections.

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59 tasting notes

(This sample was generously provide to me by Teavivre. Thank you Angel and the whole Teavivre Team.)
Dry Leaf: Has a sweet and vegetal aroma.
Wet Leaf: The vegetal aroma is more dominant but the sweet aroma is still in the background.
Liquor: Has a pale yellowish color nice brightness and good clarity.
Taste: This tea has a smooth crisp and clean floral and vegetal flavor with some sweetness. The broth seemed rich in texture in the mouth too.
My Score/ Over All Opinion: 91, I enjoyed this tea is was clean crisp and refreshing. This tea is lighter oxidized so has more of the vegetal aspect. This tea reminded me slightly of mellow monks top leaf with some subtle differences.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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141 tasting notes

Sample provided by TeaVivre:

This a very green oolong with a taste that borders on floral rather than buttery. The dry leaves smelled very much like veggies, but that subsided with the first steep. I am brewing this in my steeper mug, and it is perfectly yummy. This has a gentle sweet aftertaste that makes my mouth feel very clean for some reason, lol. Very refreshing!

2nd steep brings the huge leaves out of hiding. Flavour from the first steep is duplicated in the second. This looks like a hearty tea!

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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244 tasting notes

First of all, thanks again Teavivre for sending me this sample!

This is my first lightly-oxidized Tie Guan Yin, and also my first confirmed spring picking, so I was a bit excited. The aroma of the dry leaves was a bit fruity, with hint of flowers and nuts. The first infusion was had the same aroma as the dried leaves, but the smells were a bit more muted, which allowed them to become more harmonious. The taste was a bit fruity, with a slight aftertaste of nuttiness. The second infusion was mostly the same, but a bit nuttier overall, and with the fruity flavors starting to subside a bit.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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460 tasting notes

Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for this generous sample!

My husband and I love to travel on the weekends, but this winter in an effort to save money for our upcoming summer road trip we decided to hang around home. It has been a lot of fun. My little one has gotten to do her first set of swim lessons, we have made a tradition of grilling meat from the Local Pig on Saturday night and Saturday afternoon has turned into a lazy book and and now that I am drinking tea again, tea time. This is the tea this afternoon.

While looking around on the Teavivre site I finally found the brewing instructions. It sure beats trying to read the tiny lettering on the package! This one said 7g in 3oz Gaiwan. Seems like a lot but, in the tea went. I brewed this one up per the steeping instructions. Despite my qaiwan overflowing with leaf, this turned out wonderful. I get hints of floral, some buttery feel on the tongue and the end part of the sip is somewhat cucumber flavor. I do not get any hints of bitterness. This is going to be a great tea for the afternoon. For the price point I am pretty excited about this one. Thank you again Teavivre for letting me sample this one!

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34 tasting notes

I really love oolongs, especially strong and highly oxidised ones, so I was excited to try a few of Teavivre’s.

The Tie Guan Yin has very green leaves, a strong grassy scent (very much like a pure green), and a very solid aroma unsteeped.

Brewed the aromas become very light and airy with lots of floral notes. The brew becomes pale yellow in color. I only steeped for 4 minutes, as I did not want to risk too much astringency.

I was very impressed and surprised by the flavor. I expected the tea to taste much more like the dried leaves smelled, but it was quite herbaceous and fruity – and just lovely all around. It would have still been delicious had it been stronger, but this was perfect for what was craving at the time.

I will be steeping this a couple more minutes next time to see if I get the stronger flavors without too much more astringency. I might also add a tiny bit of honey to go with some of the fruity notes of the tea.

All around, this was an exemplary tea that I will certainly be drinking again. As someone with a higher oxidation preference, I was delighted at how much I enjoyed this very green oolong.

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Jasmine, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh noes, my sample is running out.


Don’t you love it when you go from “I don’t like that type tea” to “Oh noes, my sample is running out” just because you finally got a worthy version?


Definitely, I learned my lesson. Let’s see next if Bailin Gongfu will make me black tea liker.


My bet is yes, yes it will.


Hope so, one less tea type to conquer.

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183 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample, Angel!

Brewed gongfu-style with a gaiwan. Followed the website steeping instructions. 5 second rinse. Steeping times: 15, 25, 35, 45, 55, 75, 85 (I added 105).

Beautiful dry leaf, a fresh kind of green as if the leaves weren’t at all plucked and processed. The aromas are floral and sweet with a hint of butter and mineral. The liquor is light yellow, medium-bodied, clear, bright, and crisp. A pleasant light floral note consistently appears throughout the session. In the beginning there is an aftertaste of a “tropical” smoothie – mango, papaya, pineapple – though this disappears after the third infusion, leaving the floral aspect completely to dominate the scene.

This Tie Guan Yin didn’t say anything special to me or make me feel a certain way after each cup, though it is a lovely Tie Guan Yin of good quality.

Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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268 tasting notes

This is the other oolong I ordered from Teavivre and it is also quite good. It has tightly rolled, dark green leaves that smell very floral. The color of the brewed tea is a spring green and very floral. There is also a strong mineral component to the taste with a buttery background, finishing with just a tiny hint of spinach. Initially, there is a creamy mouthfeel feel only at the finish, but the creaminess builds as you sip until it is both more intense and present throughout the sip. Another great green oolong from Teavivre, although I do slightly prefer the Anxi Monkey King TGY

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Mineral, Spinach

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The dark green gnarled nuggets of Teavivre Ti Guan Yin Iron Goddess reminded me of a couple of milk oolongs I’ve tried recently—both in appearance and scent, so I was naturally looking forward to a scrumptious pot. The liquor brewed golden yellow, and the taste was much less creamy than Milk Oolong, but still very smooth. Initially I thought that I preferred the Iron Goddess to the Monkey Picked Ma Liu Mie, but then I changed my mind.

I noticed the difference in texture especially in the second infusion. Still, this Iron Goddess tastes good. I probably need to drink some more of these oolongs before I can decide which ones I need to stock…


180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

I’m trying to decide which oolong(s) to order from Teavivre too


i think i tried that one :P it was ok :)


So many choices, mj and Kirkoneill1988. ;-)

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129 tasting notes

This was a sample included in a Teavivre order.

In general I prefer darker oolongs to the less oxidized ones, but this is quite alright. It reminds me very much of a green tea. I rinsed the leaves for 10sec before brewing. The first steep was 55sec and was very vegetal. It made me think of buttered peas and spinach. A strong umami flavor was present. The end of each sip was floral and buttery, with a silky smooth finish. A second steep (1min 40) yielded a more flowery, buttery cup of pale yellow tea. It was a bit sweeter with that characteristic TGY flavor. A sweet, vanilla cupcake taste clung to my mouth after each swallow. Lovely flavor, and quite strong with such short steeps. (I couldn’t imagine steeping for 3 minutes!) I think if you have a preference for green oolongs or TGY you would really enjoy this tea. As for me, not so much. I could have kept steeping the leaves for several more infusions but two cups were enough for me!

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Floral, Peas, Spinach, Vanilla, Vegetal


Thank you very much for the lovely review, kimquat :) Can I share your review to our website www.teavivre.com please?


Absolutely. (:

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