Received this as a sample with my Grand Tea order. I’ve largely moved away from Tie Guan Yins in favor of Taiwanese high mountain oolongs. Still there are times when a nice flowery tea can be enjoyable.
As far as TGYs go, this is one of the best I’ve come across. The bright emerald green leaves are nearly all pristine and unbroken. It has an aroma of fragrant orchids and vanilla. The liquid is a clean, well balanced orchid flavor accented with cream and a subtle sweetness in the aftertaste. This is a very smooth tea without any astringency or off flavors. There are no vegetal notes, butter, or minerals here, it’s all about the exquisite floral taste.
I steeped 4g of this tea in 120ml using water just off the boil. After a rinse, I steeped it 8 times starting with 6s and then adding 3s to each successive infusion.
Flavors: Cream, Orchid, Smooth, Vanilla