Another little packet I ordered from Hello Teatime last 11/11. I was hopeful when I smelled the dry leaf – it was sweet, like a lightly burnt sugar. After a rinse, the scent was more prominently roasty, with a bit of an underlying fruity sweetness – almost like red wine.
Unfortunately, once I got to tasting the tea, it only disappointed. A lot of the characteristics I sometimes get in Tie Guan Yin that makes me think it’s not one of my favorite styles of tea. The flavor started off nice and bready, but very light. Against my expectations, the flavor didn’t really start to pick up anymore after the first steep. I started to get some really unpleasant sourness on the finish, magnified as the tea cooled a bit. I get that more often in green TGY than roasted. Other than that, the flavor was pretty flat. There was sometimes a nice grassy sweet aftertaste, but it didn’t last long and was usually overshadowed by the sourness.
Flavors: Roasted, Sour, Sweet