Organic Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Floral, Green, Honey, Vegetal, Beany, Bitter, Kale, Spinach, Sweet, Sugar
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 6 g 7 oz / 197 ml

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  • “This is my second Tie Guan Yin, the first from my local farmer’s market. I’ve been wanting to get into oolong, and I think I’ve found the first that I truly like. This oolong is fresh and highly...” Read full tasting note
  • “Oh, this is so so so GOOD!! There you have it… my first reaction. Now lets examine this more calmly…. So FRIGGING GOOD! No but really, this is some great tea. I received it today, my first ever...” Read full tasting note
  • “a quick note on the fly here. i stuffed this entire immense sample into my steeping basket. it was excellent!!! lychee notes, bamboo notes, very smooth. lovely clear steep, tiny bit of sugar added....” Read full tasting note
  • “This is my first experience with any Tie Guan Yin. So what happens now? Do I get inducted into the Brother and Sisterhood of Tea? Am I knighted, given the Order of the Dragon? Any of that?...” Read full tasting note

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Origin: Zhangzhou, Fujian, China

Ingredients and Appearance: jade colored leaves (hand-made into small, rolled up)

Taste: Delightfully fresh floral taste and aroma

Brew: 3-4 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 212 ºF (100 ºC) for 1 to 3 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: Being lightly fermented, contained high amino acids, vitamins, polyphenols and antioxidants. These combine into a tea that reduces cholesterol and helps reduce hardening of the arteries, and so can help reduce risks of heart attacks. The antioxidants it contains can also help guard against some forms of cancer, and also help fight the affects of aging and bacterial infections.

Certifications: The particular Organic Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet USDA, EU organic certifications.

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46 Tasting Notes

525 tasting notes

Very green and pleasantly floral. I love the smell in this one. Puppy sniffed my cup and wrinkled his nose though. It’s a very nIce to kuan yin that I would certainly recommend. However, I find it not very interesting. It’s good but not memorable. I’m probably jaded though. My mom only ever makes ti khan yin. Perhaps I’m too familiar with it to find it special. I’ve had many that are subpar to know that I’m drinking a good one right now.

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58 tasting notes

This is such a lovely oolong and is definitely everything that a good oolong can be. In a fit of clumsiness, my tea strainer decided to burst open, so I had to strain out my cup of tea so I wasn’t drinking sludge. I was able to get a good strong 5 steeps from this over the course of the day. Delicious!


Luckily oolong is easy enough to strain out! (Imagine if that happened with a rooibos!) I had ti kuan yin earlier as well!

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176 tasting notes

Another Teavivre sample! Packaged in a way I had never seen before, too!

DANG I LOVE OOLONG SO MUCH and this is no exception. I brewed it pretty long so the taste pretty strong! Quite flowery too, which I wasn’t quite expecting actually, I think I was prepared for a more earthy grassy taste WHICH IS DEFINITELY THERE but there are certainly some strong floral overtones too. Very good, nonetheless! Especially because I’m a fan of jasmine which this is a bit reminiscent of.

As with most oolongs in my experience, I was able to steep it twice easily and could probably get at least one more out of it, if not two. I do steep mine longer than suggested though so I’m not sure how much that’s sucking out all the flavor HAHA. ANYWAY yes, good oolong, very fresh!

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871 tasting notes

Oo-oo-oolong. This is an awesome oolong.

The leaves are rolled into small balls and are a dark jade colour. Very little smell to the dry leaves.

Brewed there is a jasmine/floral smell. The tea liquor is bright yellow. It tastes clean, slightly flowery, some sweetness to it. No vegetal taste to this one. I used 1 tsp for 10 oz so it feels light.

This is one of the best oolongs I have tried. I recommend it to anyone interested in oolong or those who already like oolong.

I only used 1 tsp.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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14 tasting notes

Excellent tea, strong flavor, great packaging!
I use half of small package they send for 200ml pot.
Very inspirational tea. Who can advise any better Tie Guan Yin?
will order more…

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Verdant’s Hand Picked Spring Tieguanyin (2012) is awesome also, I’ve had Teavivre and many others. I rate Verdant 1 and Teavivre 2 but you may feel differently. Good to compare. Usually Verdant has a Spring and Autumn Tie Guan Yin.

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714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 5g
Water: 750ml 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fresh, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegtal, light, floral
Flavor: smooth (but not silky) vegetal, sweet
Body: Light
Aftertaste: nutty?
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

Resteep: 195°F 2 min
same quality, slightly darker, odd stronger on steep two, i guess the leaves being open made a difference

Resteep: 195°F 2 min
same quality as the second

Resteep: 195°F 2 min
same quality, touch weaker
refrigerated – BLEH not good cold

At this point I gave up
The leaves could have probably done another cup

Not the best I’ve had but a good iron goddess, slight nuttiness, smooth vegetal, just keep it hot.

Rating: 3/4 leaves


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417 tasting notes

I thought I was making another milk oolong when I brewed this up. Oops! I’m going to refrain from rating this one as it was not acquired directly from Teavivre and then stored in less than idea conditions for a year or so (which I also know is getting old for such a green oolong). So, yeah, I’m going to brew the end of this one tonight and maybe add a touch of honey and have it with dinner. Should be rather good that way, but it’s not one to savor.

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1812 tasting notes

Not bad…not terrible.
Making a pot of World Market’s Mountain Wulong at the same time, but Steepster seems to have issues with its page.
The drink-down continues. Down to only thirty-two teas…

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267 tasting notes

I’ve found that people either like Ti Kuan Yin oolongs, or they cannot stand them. I’m in the like camp because, despite its flowery overtones, it’s still a tasty oolong. I’m so pleased that this one is organic too!

Oolongs are great for me during meals or just after, as they really seem to settle my belly. This one actually seems to have hints of jasmine or orchid in it, but not to the extent that it’s as grim as that might sound :) The floral is really delicate, and the leaves huge and beautiful.

I like this one, but I think my taste in oolong is a bit less toward the floral end. Nonetheless, if you’ve had Ti Kuan Yin oolong before, this is quite a good one. I’d love it with dim sum, to contrast the strong tastes of my food.

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13 tasting notes

have you ever accidentally tasted a cologne/perfume mist? that’s all i remember from this tea. just because it’s organic, doesn’t mean it tastes good.

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