Thank you very much for the samples, ThisTea! I have always been a fan of the Tie Guan Yin. I have tried this a couple times now, trying to brew it different ways. I used a bit more leaf than usual for this steep session – 2 1/3 teaspoons for a mug. Trying to impart a bit more flavor than I was tasting in the previous session. The leaf does look slightly battered than I would like to see from a quality Tie Guan Yin. I will say it never gets astringent, no matter how long I steep it. The flavor notes are a bit muted to me… as oolong seems to be for me lately. Mostly a drying aspect – with buttery notes. Maybe some orchids. Maybe even a cooling minty aspect — and very syrupy mouthfeel on the third steep. But I usually expect (and love) when a Tie Guan Yin is a full bouquet of flowers in flavor, and when it isn’t that, I’m a bit disappointed. This flavor has happened before with other Tie Guan Yin harvests, so I know it is not something unachievable that I’m hoping for!
Steep #1 // 2 1/3 teaspoons for full mug // 22 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 8 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 1/2 minute steep