This is another sample that I received from Teavire. Today is an overcast and rainy day that feels perfect for relax style homework and tea! I’m eating peaches while drinking this and the pairing works wonderfully.
This tea is the most floral of the Tie Guan Yins that I’ve tried (Rishi, Chinese Tea Shop, Teavivre). It really hits you on the end of a sip and mid palate. It pairs really well with fruit! The mouth feel on this is very light and more mellow than crisp.
The liquor at first was actually kind of surprising because it is very light, closer to some of the whites that I’ve sampled.
This was an excellent Tie Guan Yin. I find that the more floral/sweet notes are what I seek in this style of tea. I would recommend this for oolong newbies any day! For me this is my 2nd favorite oolong (after milk oolong). I think if I had to rate the 3 Tie Guan Yins according to how I felt it would go: Chinese Tea Shop/Teavivre as a tie with Rishi’s coming in 2nd. This is simply because the Rishi one tends to be more on the strong wheat/barley flavor profile as opposed to floral/vegetal.

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