I picked this up at the Hong Kong Marketplace and it was a pretty good deal: 25 bags for $1.19. Really all the teas were great prices. This isn’t exactly what I expected, but I’d never had Tie Guan Yin before. Luckily, while the smell is slightly musty and vegetal that doesn’t come out in the taste. You have to drink this one hot…when it cools the flavor seems to almost disappear. Fair, but not amazing.
I brought this roasty toasty tea to keep me sane on the hour and a half long bus ride to our field trip today. So far, it is working.
I tried this tea again and I think I’ve figured out what was wrong with it. Using just one bag, the tea is weak and strange, but using two makes the flavor very full. If the next cup is just as good, I’ll know it wasn’t a fluke and will increase the rating on this tea.