Handpicked Spring Tieguanyin (2016)

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea
Flavors
Butter, Cream, Custard, Floral, Grass, Hay, Jasmine, Mineral, Orchid, Rose, Vanilla, Violet, Creamy, Honeysuckle, Vegetal, Flowers
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 oz / 109 ml

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  • “I’m still working through the oolongs I have acquired in recent months. This is one of my more recent purchases from Verdant and it has not been in my collection all that long, so I know it is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Got a sample of this from someone’s stash, so no idea if this is the 2016 or 2015 or 2014. I’m guessing 2016 by the notes, though. Leaves are standard gold green balls, very floral smelling which...” Read full tasting note
  • “I had to guess which Tieguanyin I was sent in the 5 for $5 deal, and judging by the flavor profile, I guessed it was this one. Flowers, but not really a specific one that I can identify. A light...” Read full tasting note
    83
  • “This is one of the teas I used to be fond of back in the day when I first discovered jade oolongs. My palette has since evolved, but I can still appreciate this tea. It’s fragrant with a pleasant...” Read full tasting note
    92

From Verdant Tea

Master Zhang is proud to be sharing true Tieguanyin varietal oolong, fed by mountain spring water and grown without pesticides or fertilizers under the high mountain mist. Most Tieguanyin sold is actually Benshan or other similar varietals which lack the long drawn out aftertaste of Tieguanyin. The biodiversity of Daping lends complexity and depth of flavor to this tea, and the compelling combination of fresh aroma, clean flavor and compelling aftertaste make this 2016 spring harvest a must-try.

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I’m still working through the oolongs I have acquired in recent months. This is one of my more recent purchases from Verdant and it has not been in my collection all that long, so I know it is still fresh. I’m beginning to notice that Verdant’s teas are very hit or miss for me, although the hits (Reserve Tieguanyin, Autumn Tieguanyin, Huang Jin Gui, Mao Xie, Autumn Laoshan Green, First Picking Shi Feng Dragonwell, Dark Roast 10 Year Aged Tieguanyin, Yunnan White Jasmine, and Laoshan Green Oolong) far outnumber the outright misses (Qianjiazhai Wild Picked Yunnan Black, Zi Mu Dan). Unfortunately, this tea was another miss for me.

I prepared this tea using the gongfu method outlined on the Verdant Tea website. I did, however, make one necessary modification. I used the same small gaiwan I used for the Mao Xie to brew this tea, so I adjusted the amount of tea I used (approximately 5-6 grams for the 4 ounce gaiwan). If I were to guess, I would say I probably used closer to 6 grams of loose leaves rather than 5. The tea was steeped for 10 seconds in 208 F water initially. This infusion was followed by subsequent infusions at 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24 seconds. I know that some people recommend that you try to get a minimum of 10-12 steeps out of Tieguanyin, but I rarely have the time, so I just end my sessions when I feel it is necessary. In the case of this tea, I chose not to press forward because I really wasn’t all that excited about where it was going.

At first, the tea presents a slight, but lovely aroma of flowers (orchid, violet, lilac, rose, jasmine), cream, custard, and vanilla. The initial infusions display a delicate, subtle combination of rose, orchid, violet, lilac, jasmine, cream, custard, and vanilla notes underpinned by a faint minerality. Later infusions see the floral notes fade, as the cream, custard, vanilla, and mineral notes are joined by subtle flavors of butter, hay, and grass. I did not pick up the almond, tangerine, or sweet snap pea notes described by the folks at Verdant. I mostly got flowers, cream, custard, vanilla, and minerals with butter, grass, and hay.

If the autumn harvest of Tieguanyin is the most robust and flavorful, then it stands to reason that the spring harvests are probably much less so. If that is the case, then my experience with this particular tea is not an anomaly. I generally love Tieguanyin, but this one did not move me in the least. It is so light and delicate that it is hard for me to muster much of a reaction to it. I know that quite a few people really liked this tea, but I just don’t see the appeal. I feel like its lightness and simplicity forced me to work so hard to figure out what is going on flavorwise that I didn’t really get the opportunity to enjoy it. That feeling coupled with my opinion that the tea doesn’t really offer any surprises over the course of a session (I did not notice any significant changes in aroma or flavor with each subsequent infusion, just a steady and prolonged fade) leaves me unimpressed. At one point I even noted that drinking this was like drinking spring air. That may seem like something, but I don’t mean it as a compliment. I mean that this tea was so light that it seemed to lack substance. In essence, I went looking for some depth and character with this tea, and quite frankly, did not find enough to suit me. Maybe I expected too much or maybe I missed the point entirely. I’ll leave that for anyone who reads this review to decide.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Custard, Floral, Grass, Hay, Jasmine, Mineral, Orchid, Rose, Vanilla, Violet

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I was not a huge fan of Verdant’s Tie Guan Yin’s either since it just tasted like hollow florals to me.

eastkyteaguy

Daylon, the Verdant Tieguanyins have been extremely hit or miss for me. I thought the Reserve Tieguanyin was quite good and have really liked most of the others I have tried (I have a soft spot for the Autumn and Traditional TGYs in particular). For some reason though, this one did absolutely nothing for me. I kept wondering what I was missing. It’s good to see that I’m not the only one.

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Got a sample of this from someone’s stash, so no idea if this is the 2016 or 2015 or 2014. I’m guessing 2016 by the notes, though.

Leaves are standard gold green balls, very floral smelling which gives me some trepidation as someone not a fan of uber floral oolong. Put in a generous bottom layer to my 100 ml ruyao gaiwan anyway though, just off boiling water, prewarmed teaware.

My first impression on this in the early steeps is that cold, metallic, fruity taste that I see in TGY and other similarly oxidized oolongs not infrequently (and that I find myself quite liking), so that was nice. Liquor is a light gold and thick, smells a little more grassy and vegetal now. Opens up to some creaminess and more floral (sigh), although thankfully more honeysuckle than anything else (followed by… orchid. I think. There’s a lot of flower power going on in here), rather than the ever ubiquitous Jasmine I’ve come to detest. Ends on a lighter taste, grassy/hay undertone with emphasis on the florals and some increasing dryness and bitterness. Went for about five steeps.

Overall, pleasant enough, although not really something that stood out to me either.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Hay, Honeysuckle

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I had to guess which Tieguanyin I was sent in the 5 for $5 deal, and judging by the flavor profile, I guessed it was this one.

Flowers, but not really a specific one that I can identify. A light and dewy kind of flower. There’s a hint of vegetable in there as well, maybe spinach.

Enjoyable, but not my favorite.

Edit: It becomes a sort of creamy jasmine in subsequent steeps. It’s kind of nice. I gave it a couple of extra points for that.

Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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This is one of the teas I used to be fond of back in the day when I first discovered jade oolongs. My palette has since evolved, but I can still appreciate this tea. It’s fragrant with a pleasant orchid flavor, that isn’t too cloying as TGY can sometimes be. There is a touch of lilac and rose and a subtle vegetal background. A sweet aftertaste lingers following the initial steeps. It can take boiling water without becoming bitter.

Verdant’s instructions call for short steeps which result in a fairly light-bodied tea. I recommend combining steeps for best flavor. This compares favorably to last year’s Early Spring TGY. The difference is this year’s harvest isn’t nearly as long lasting. There is a noticeable drop in flavor around the 4th or 5th steep.

Although I’ve mostly moved on from Tie Guan Yin, this is one I can see myself repurchasing in the future. It doesn’t beat you over the head with flowers and has the most balanced flavor profile of all the TGYs I’ve tried.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Orchid

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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