Tieguanyin Spiced Orange

Tea type
Herbal Oolong Blend
Ingredients
Birch Bark, Oolong Tea, Orange Peel, Sarsaparilla, Vanilla
Flavors
Autumn Leaf Pile, Creamy, Orange Zest, Roasted, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 379 oz / 11208 ml

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  • “Cameron - while i agree with your comment that this was the best of the three...this is yet another one that i'm underwhelmed with, and finding no vanilla just a baguely sort of orange like tea...” Read full tasting note
    Silaena 4923 tasting notes
  • “Thanks *Cameron B* for the sample! I actually quite like this. The TGY is of course, really delicious. The additions to it are subtle, but welcome and seem to pair very nicely. I would not have...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Unlike the only other commenter here, I steeped this...closer to the directions. I steeped it for a minute rather than 30 seconds at 205 degrees and I have to say that I'm not getting much other...” Read full tasting note
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    Starfevre 518 tasting notes
  • “This is the final tea from *Verdant's* blends club for the month of August. This was really the only one out of the three that I was any kind of excited to try... I don't really have any experience...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea (Special)

The aroma on this blend reminds us of fresh baked pie. The flavor is juicy, spiced and creamy from a balanced mix built around Mast Zhang’s Traditional Tieguanyin. A simple counterpoint of orange peel, sarsaparilla, birch and vanilla finish off an already luscious tea for a real treat.

Ingredients: Master Zhang’s Traditional Tieguanyin, orange peel, birch, sarsaparilla, vanilla

From the Blends club (August 2014)

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Cameron – while i agree with your comment that this was the best of the three…this is yet another one that i’m underwhelmed with, and finding no vanilla just a baguely sort of orange like tea that’s an oolong. another not really a fan of sort of thing for me…especially this type. Terri….i hope you enjoy! lol

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Thanks Cameron B for the sample!

I actually quite like this. The TGY is of course, really delicious. The additions to it are subtle, but welcome and seem to pair very nicely. I would not have know there was orange just by the taste, but the subtle spices are very nice! Yummo.

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Unlike the only other commenter here, I steeped this…closer to the directions. I steeped it for a minute rather than 30 seconds at 205 degrees and I have to say that I’m not getting much other than the tea itself. The additional ingredients aren’t making much of an impact with that short of a steeping time, though the tieguanyin itself is quite nice. A bit roasty and sweet. Next time (next steep?) I’ll try to remember to steep this for a bit longer. Right now it’s giving me a headache because I haven’t eaten anything yet today (darn you oolong effect!)

Second steep (the next day) – done at boiling (thanks Dinosara) and 4 minutes. I can taste more now, a tiny bit of citrus and what I think is the sarsaparilla. Which I apparently have been pronouncing wrong forever. The vanilla is very faint, if it’s there at all, it’s hard for me to tell. And I don’t know what birch is supposed to taste like.

Overall, I think I like the plain tieguanyin better.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 750 OZ / 22180 ML
Sil

haha oh verdant and their short steepings for blends clubs..

Starfevre

Yeah, I don’t know why I pay attention to it. It might be enough time to get the ‘tea’ taste but not really enough for the rest of the ingredients. I assume that’s why it’s all ‘boiling’ too since that’s bad for the oolong but almost necessary for the orange peels, etc.

Dinosara

Boiling isn’t bad for oolong… That’s a common misconception. I used to always brew oolongs at 195F but now I usually brew them at boiling and they are fine, even western style. They are more robust than people give them credit for!

Starfevre

Good to know. Thanks Dinosara.

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This is the final tea from Verdant’s blends club for the month of August. This was really the only one out of the three that I was any kind of excited to try… I don’t really have any experience with tieguanyin itself, but at least there’s no licorice or flowers in this one. :P The leaves are a dark brown-green color, and they’re somewhat loosely rolled. The dry scent is mostly roasted oolong, but I do get a little bit of citrus and vanilla. I steeped about a teaspoon and a half for 4 minutes at 190 degrees.

Brewed, the aroma is still mostly roasty and oolongish with maybe a little bit of vanilla? However, the other elements are there in the taste, thank goodness! The oolong itself is very light and sweet, with just enough of a roasty punch. There’s a nice orange flavor, especially near the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. It kind of builds as I continue to drink. The vanilla, well… it’s not there as much as I would like it to be. I can taste a teeny bit. There’s also just the slightest suggestion of spice at the end, I guess it must be coming from the sarsaparilla. I have no idea what birch bark tastes like, so I couldn’t tell you whether or not it’s here. Overall, this is a lovely light and slightly creamy citrusy tea, it kind of reminds me of Fauchon’s Sweet Almond & Orange tea. Thank goodness, I at least liked one tea from this box… glares at Verdant.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Creamy, Orange Zest, Roasted, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Glad that one suited you. Birch is usually a slightly menthol flavour.

Cameron B.

Oh I see, thanks for telling me. :D I don’t think I got any menthol.

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