Although I like green Tie Guan Yin, I haven’t had too many of them. This one is from spring 2016. I steeped 5 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The first steep has typical Tie Guan Yin flavours of citrus, butter, orchids, violets, other unnamable flowers, and grass. The mandarin and orchid notes really stand out in the next steep, leading into a long aftertaste. The middle steeps have vegetal, metallic undertones. This tea isn’t too demanding and would probably be good iced. The balance of fruit and florals continues into the eighth steep, after which the tea becomes increasingly vegetal and astringent.

This oolong has been open for a few months and has lost some of its freshness, but it’s still a good tea and a great value. I look forward to getting more when the spring 2018 harvest comes out.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cut grass, Floral, Herbaceous, Metallic, Orange, Orchid, Vegetal, Violet

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Since I discovered Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong four years ago, I’ve been fascinated by loose-leaf tea. I’m glad to say that my oolong tastes have evolved, and that I now like nearly every tea that comes from Taiwan, oolong or not, particularly the bug-bitten varieties. I also find myself drinking Yunnan blacks and Darjeelings from time to time, as well as a few other curiosities.

However, while online reviews might make me feel like an expert, I know that I still have some work to do to actually pick up those flavours myself. I hope that by making me describe what I’m tasting, Steepster can improve my appreciation of teas I already enjoy and make me more open to new possibilities (maybe even puerh!).



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