Black Tie-Guan-Yin (ZK58)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Chinese Black Tea
Flavors
Caramel, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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  • “The taste of this one is wonderful, to me it is slightly woodsy at first with bold notes of cocoa ,maltyness and maybe caramel, kinda malty and just really super good. The second and third steep...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2022 Sipdown 10/365! Barely even a cup’s worth of this left, but it was tasty. I’ve been making a lot of hot chocolate for my husband/son lately, and this tasted like unsweet, rich hot chocolate....” Read full tasting note
    94
  • “This tastes like a wu yi / big red robe oolong to me. The flavor and scent notes that come to mind are roastyness, hot spring water rock/mineral, and wood. This has a decent price on it right...” Read full tasting note
    88
  • “I just didn’t care for this one much. Based on other reviews, maybe I should give it another go, but to me this tea tasted sort of grassy and sour and was just not for me.” Read full tasting note
    56

From Upton Tea Imports

From Fujian province, this is a fully oxidized tea made from a cultivar normally used to produce Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong. The cup has a round flavor, with notes of red wine, and toasty hints. The aroma has a sweet note and a subtle hint of cocoa.

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11 Tasting Notes

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557 tasting notes

The taste of this one is wonderful, to me it is slightly woodsy at first with bold notes of cocoa ,maltyness and maybe caramel, kinda malty and just really super good.
The second and third steep were the best, they were malty and tastes of so much of cocoa it was almost like it was a flavored tea or something and caramel hints with some roasty toasty characteristics of a darker oolong and the flavor was lingering in the mouth with a slight bitter.
by the fourth and 5 steeps it had lost the maltness and caramel hints but the woodsy note is back and the cocoa notes are still there, on the fifth steep a slight “whiskylike” note somehow came about.
Read more and see a few on my blog please :)
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2013/03/black-tie-guan-yin-from-upton-tea.html

Tommy Toadman

I want to get more of this tea, I think it would be superb sweetened with a touch of mint added, mmmmm.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I just ordered this one today so excited to get it. Though it’ll be a while before I drink it. If you saw today’s blog post you will see what I mean.

Tommy Toadman

No Tea for a week, I couldn’t do it. Good Luck! you’ll love this one when you do get to try it :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Thanks Tommy. I am concerned for my survival as I am highly addicted.

Kittenna

This sounds very interesting.

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2022 Sipdown 10/365!

Barely even a cup’s worth of this left, but it was tasty. I’ve been making a lot of hot chocolate for my husband/son lately, and this tasted like unsweet, rich hot chocolate. It was really good, a great way to send off the tea. I’d get more of this in the future for sure.

gmathis

Ooh, that sounds good! I’ve been reading some very favorable Upton reviews lately.

Daylon R Thomas

Love Tie Guan Yin Blacks. I only see them around every blue moon, though.

CrowKettle

Oh, never tried (or heard of) a Black Tieguanyin. Neat! :)

Leafhopper

I’ve had one black Tie Guan Yin that was average and one that was nice, so the jury’s out! What-Cha had some similar varietals (black Huang Jin Gui and Jin Guan Yin, maybe?) a while ago.

Kittenna

I think I may have had one from Verdant that was also pretty tasty. I definitely ordered this for the novelty factor, and ended up pleasantly surprised with the flavour!

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This tastes like a wu yi / big red robe oolong to me. The flavor and scent notes that come to mind are roastyness, hot spring water rock/mineral, and wood. This has a decent price on it right now, and is actually quite a bit better than some more expensive oolongs I have sitting around. I’d get this again. I’m drinking the cup down pretty fast, thats always a sign of an enjoyable tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I just didn’t care for this one much. Based on other reviews, maybe I should give it another go, but to me this tea tasted sort of grassy and sour and was just not for me.

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98 tasting notes

I’ve only tried 2 or 3 Tie-Guan-Yins and this one is by far my favorite. As long as you don’t oversteep this tea it has no bitterness though it does have a sort or astringent/dry finish that you’d experience with red wine. There is a pronounce woodsy caramel note to this tea, but I usually can’t steep it more than 4 or 5 times as the flavor has faded too much by then. Brewed in a 250cc Hei Liao YiXing teapot.

Flavors: Caramel, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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16 tasting notes

The tea has a wonderful smell and I love opening the bag. The dry leaf is very wiry and is difficult to measure out with a teaspoon. I found it very delicious with its toffee notes and hint of cocoa. Think of something in between a heavily roasted oolong and a classic congou. This bag of tea will be gone before I am ready for it to be!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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