drank Ti Kuan Yin by Ten Ren
19 tasting notes

They have a few loose Tie Kuan Yins at their store in Chicago. I have two of them — one that’s a more roasted and one that’s a little greener. The greener one was about 30% more expensive.

The more heavily roasted tea was, I thought, perfectly characteristic tie kuan yin. It hit all the high notes, and was a solid tea. I’d put it at about 75 and would highly recommend it if you’re around a Ten Ren store and want to try out an authentic Tie Kuan Yin.

But, the one you should look out for the one that’s greener and more expensive. It had all the characteristic tie kuan yin taste, but also had a fantastic mouth, no bitterness, and an almost creamy aftertaste. Really excellent.

Both teas held up to 4 infusions. I’m pretty sure they’d hold up to 5 or 6, but I haven’t had the time to sit around and do more than 4. The more roasted tea held it’s flavor stronger.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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