I drank this one western-style this afternoon too, again to figure out if I want to order more of it.

I was also super thrilled to see this one in the reserve club package from February because Tieguanyins, particularly the newer style green ones, are pretty much some of my favorite teas. The scent of the dry leaf was really wonderful, green and floral and buttery. And its so bright green! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an oolong that bright green.

This one was really, super green. Incredibly floral, while also buttery and a bit creamy. Sweet like fresh, crisp sugar snap peas. It is definitely a spring picking and you can tell. Really, quite beautiful. But really, this reminded me of a Taiwanese high mountain oolong more than a Tieguanyin! Very very lovely and a joy to drink. However, I think I typically enjoy the autumn pickings a bit more than the spring ones because they tend to have more butteriness to them.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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