Courtesy sample from, Angel. Thank you so much!

I brewed 4.6g in a 60ml porcelain gaiwan and followed the website’s steeping instructions: rinse, 30 seconds, 40, 50, 70,90, 120.

I divided the sample into two sessions just to be sure the leaf got some air. The aroma of the dry leaf is surprisingly oceanic and seaweed-like, delicately sweet. The leaf starts to smell more like Chinese rolled oolong after I enhance the aroma with the pre-heated gaiwan: intensely floral, with a sweetness of uncooked sugar snap peas. The wet leaf aroma is, again, floral, but also buttery. It also reminds me of the fragrance of full green leaves at the height of summer.

The liquor is a clear, bright, and pale yellow. The leaf doesn’t open completely until the third infusion, though the first and second infusions are quite flavorful of floral and fruity notes. The second infusion noticeably had a medicinal sweetness. After the third infusion, the flavors don’t evolve – they are consistently floral and sweet till the end. The texture is creamy throughout the session. The aftertaste is powerfully juicy, tasting of white grape juice. The website description says that this Tie Guan Yin produces a salivating effect, but to me it dries the mouth rather, and I salivated a little in consequence. The caffeine/qi kicks takes a bit of time to kick off; I began to feel both after the third infusion. I noticed an increase in alertness and my palms sweated a little.


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I began drinking tea because its complexity fascinated me. I love learning about its history, its manufacturing processes, and its place in various cultures.

Japanese greens were my first love and gateway into the world.

My favorite teas are leafhopper oolongs, pu’erh (shou and sheng), and masala chai. My favorite herbal tisanes are spear/peppermint, lavender and chrysanthemum.

I’m currently exploring pu’erh, and any Chinese and Taiwanese teas in general. I’m not much into flavored teas, unlike when I first started. The only teas I truly dislike are fruity tisanes and the ones that have too much fruit. I do like hisbiscus, especially iced.

I like to write nature essays. I’m a birdwatcher as well as a tea enthusiast. The kiwi is one of my favorite birds. I also like Tolkien, Ancient Egypt, and exercising.

IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: After two and a half years of having an account here, I will no longer will provide numerical ratings as an addition to the review because the American school system has skewed my thoughts on numbers out of a hundred and the colors throw me off. Curses! My words are more than sufficient. If I really like what I have, I will “recommend”, and if I don’t, “not recommended”.

Key for past ratings:

96-100 I adore absolutely everything about it. A permanent addition to my stash.

90-95 Superb quality and extremely enjoyable, but not something I’d necessarily like to have in my stash (might have to do with personal tastes, depending on what I say in the tasting note).

80-89 Delicious! Pleased with the overall quality.

70-79 Simply, I like it. There are qualities that I find good, but there also are things that aren’t, hence a lower rating that I would have otherwise like to put.

60-69 Overall “meh”. Not necessarily bad, but not necessarily good.

0-59 No.

If there is no rating: I don’t feel experienced enough to rate the tea, or said tea just goes beyond rating (in a positive way).


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