Dark Roast Tieguanyin - Mountain Tea

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Smoky, sweet caramel and dark chocolate flavors were developed when this highly oxidized TieGuanYin was baked at a high temperature using a charcoal firing. A full, rich brew that delivers a full roasted infusion with solid notes of cinnamon and amber.

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In the bag it has a distinct woody smell, with bronze notes from the roasting. Not very pungent. Once steeped, the aroma is still not too strong, but it turns into this wonderful roasted pecan scent and doesn’t beat your face with it, either. It’s a comforting smell, one that says, “Here, sit down next to me by the fire.” Maybe you’ll get to hear a story.

Off the bat, though, it’s hard to tell what that story is under all its smokiness–those poor pecans nearly all got charred away. The first impression is Sanka, or some sort of instant decaf coffee. Let me tell you, though, although it gets its name from the goddess of kindness and compassion, this tea does not take kindly at all to oversteepage. It produces a metallic taste that serves as a slap on the wrist, going, “Shame on you!”…

Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/05/11/snooty-tea-review-tealet-teas/

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The label mentions dark chocolate as a flavor note, and I’m definitely picking up on that, though I think it might be a little closer to carob. There is also a touch of smoke flavor, and though I’m not really a fan of smoke, this is light enough to be pleasant. I think this is probably the darkest oolong I’ve ever had, both flavor-wise and the color of the leaf. At a glance, the steeped leaves look like shiny raisins. On closer inspection, they look like very knotted thick string, because even after a 3 minute steep, the leaves have barely uncrinkled. Smells a bit loamy and mushroomy, but this isn’t really translating to the flavor.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received this sample from the wonderfully generous scribbles – thank you so much!!!

I was drinking this at work this afternoon, and quite enjoyed it. It’s a nice dark roasted oolong. It has all the characteristics that I enjoy in the darker oolongs. It is a little smoky without being offensive.
I think I’ve had better examples of dark oolongs, but I’ve also had much worse. There isn’t much wrong with this, but at the same time it didn’t seem special to me. I’m calling this one good, but not great.

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