Tie Kuan Yin

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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To create Ti Kuan Yin, the unfurling bud along with the first 2 to 3 leaves are picked in the afternoon. It is then processed in small batches in order to ensure the highest quality. This incredible tea has a more robust flavour than most Oolongs, which may be why it has achieved unprecedented popularity throughout Asia, North America and Europe. This high quality Oolong can be infused between 5 to 8 times and still maintain its incredible flavour. Ordinary tea drinkers and connoisseurs alike will consider this tea a staple in their collection.

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I love the smell of this stuff dry. It smells (to me anyway) like fresh, green hay. Takes me back to happy memories on the farm. I could detect something else, but couldn’t put my finger on it. Either way, I’m happy to sniff and let myself be taken back to the days of fresh hay, sunny days and blue skies.

1st Infusion:
I went with a 3 minute brew for this one and it no longer smells like fresh, green hay, but it still feels green, and has a soft hint of wildflowers or something, with a faint sweetness. I feel like I’ve smelled a particular flower that has that smell – I just can’t put my finger on it. Either way, it really brings me outside, and is evoking a lot of memories that I had forgotten about. It’s quite a pleasant experience, and I haven’t even taken a sip yet. ;)

The colour of this could best be described as a pale, yellow diamond colour. It is beautiful.

Oddly enough, upon drinking it, I’m tasting the hay again (yes, I have chewed on hay before) and it has a sweet note to it. I’m having difficulty describing the finish of it – it’s still sweet, but something else is going on too lol. I’m really enjoying it!

2nd Infusion:
Brewed for 3min 30 secs just under 90°C
Very similar to first brew, a touch stronger tasting perhaps. Colour is still lovely diamond yellow, with a hint of green to it. I’m impressed with how good this 2nd infusion is. Smells greener, more floral. Tastes a bit greener too, with semi-sweet finish. Excellent brew!

3rd Infusion:
3mins 45 sec, just under 90°C
Only slightly milder smelling/tasting, very similar to #2. Enjoying carrying this around with me while I’m outside, planning my garden.

4th Infusion:
4mins, just under 90°C
Probably should have infused this a tad longer, because it was on the weaker side, but still really lovely. I ended up leaving this one to get cold, and quite enjoyed drinking it even after it had cooled. I could note the sweetness especially when it was room temperature.

5th Infusion:
8mins, just under 90°C
I actually only meant to brew this for 5-6 mins but got distracted and forgot about it. Probably just as well, as it is getting weak now, although the colour is still quite a lovely yellow colour. Mellow smelling, yet still some flavour. I could try for another infusion, but it`s getting late and I need some sleep.

All in all, I enjoyed this tea all day long and look forward to having more of it! Cooled, I thought it was rather refreshing, softly sweet and smooth.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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How have I not logged this tea before?? I was sure I had… Hmmmmm
Anyhow, this was an odd one. Not very nutty, for an oolong, but more fruity and light. I can’t recall much from this morning (it was a long, loooong time ago in my world of shifting papers and battling slow internet connections) but I do recall that it had an oddly familiar, sweet-tart finish… yep, like the candy! I could almost imagine it carbonated, tasting just like an oolong soda, with that sour finish.
I’ve heard people talk about fruity oolongs before, but this is the first I’ve ever seen of it. Yes, I’ve had similar experiences with white tea, but not an oolong! A novelty, to be sure.
I’m not quite sure what to rate this. I certainly do not dislike it.

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