China Fujian Anxi 'Tie Guan Yin' Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Apricot, Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coriander, Cream, Custard, Floral, Gardenias, Grass, Green Apple, Honey, Lemon Zest, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Orchid, Pastries, Peach, Pear, Plums, Spinach, Vanilla, Vegetal, Violet, White Grapes, Astringent, Creamy, Cucumber, Flowers, Garden Peas, Lettuce, Osmanthus, Soybean, Sugarcane, Tart, Wheat, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, warm grass, Orchids, Apple Candy, Honeysuckle, Lemon, Fruity, Sour, Sweet
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by eastkyteaguy
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 oz / 111 ml

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  • “Thanks so much for the sample, Kawaii433! These are just the sort of oolongs I love. Eastkyteaguy’s excellent recent tasting note inspired me to steep this one up. I will never be able to write...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Here is another oldie, coming to you likely from either late May or early June. Quite frankly, I have stopped even roughly dating my sipdowns in my review notebooks, so all of my notes are out of...” Read full tasting note
    92
  • “Oh man, this tea has me wrecked. I’m not done with the session yet; I’m taking a break, fighting falling asleep because I have some schoolwork to catch up on since I didn’t go to any of my classes...” Read full tasting note
    89
  • “I’ve had this tea for a while now, and I’ve also wanted to make a steepster review for a while, so this one will be my first! I’ve had a lot of really solid oolongs from What-Cha, as he is the...” Read full tasting note
    65

From What-Cha

Smooth with a brilliant aroma combined with a sweet vegetal green taste and gentle sour finish typical of Tie Guan Yin.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth with no astringency
- Sweet vegetal green taste with a gentle sour finish

Harvest: Spring, April 2018

Origin: Changkeng, Anxi, Fujian, China
Elevation: 700m
Cultivar: Tie Guan Yin
Sourced: Direct from a small farm exclusively growing Tie Guan Yin

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 90°C/194°F
- Use 1 teaspoon per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 1-2 minutes

Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag

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6 Tasting Notes

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2870 tasting notes

Thanks so much for the sample, Kawaii433! These are just the sort of oolongs I love. Eastkyteaguy’s excellent recent tasting note inspired me to steep this one up. I will never be able to write tasting notes like you guys! The immense amount of specific flavors you can distinguish is impressive. I would have been writing them like that by NOW if I was ever going to be. My notes end up being mainly about if I liked it or not, which is really originally what I started out using Steepster for — Steepster was/is my “tea brain” that remembers if I like a tea or not.
Anyway, I LOVED this oolong. The deep green leaves are lovely. The flavor is so complex and I won’t do the tea any favors by trying to explain it. There is a creamy smooth element, sweet, orchids, osmanthus and fruity element that lingers after the sip and wisps around when I’m trying to figure out which specific fruits. Definitely pineapple early on, but possibly other fruits in the lingering flavor. Never bitter or astringent. I think the first mug was by FAR the best, so note to self: try to steep the next steep session at lower temps to see if I can get the other steeps like the first… maybe even steep it like a green. I have one steep session left of this lovely oolong. Overall, this has many elements I look for in a tasty oolong.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 13 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 minute steep
Steep #4 // half mug just boiled // 3 min steep

eastkyteaguy

Glad you liked this one.

tea-sipper

Thanks for your excellent tasting note that made me get to it sooner!

eastkyteaguy

You’re very welcome.

Leafhopper

I enjoy reading your tasting notes! The palates of some Steepster users are way beyond mine as well. I also regret not buying this TGY when I had the chance.

tea-sipper

Why thank you, Leafhopper. I appreciate it. :D Also, I think this oolong is available on What-cha’s site right now?

Leafhopper

You’re welcome! Yes, the oolong is still available, but I’ve exhausted my tea budget for the next few months. I’ll pick some up if it’s still around when I make my next order, whenever that may be.

tea-sipper

Ah, gottcha. Well I hope the oolong is still in stock for you if you eventually order!

LuckyMe

Yours and eastkyteaguy reviews sold me on this tea. Hopefully it’s still around by the time I place my what-cha order. This seems like really unique TGY.

tea-sipper

Oh goodie. I hope you like it if eventually grab it!

Camiah

I have a palate that cannot distinguish the sorts of flavors some people do either. I appreciate what I cannot have, and mostly my notes are about whether I liked it or not as well.

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841 tasting notes

Here is another oldie, coming to you likely from either late May or early June. Quite frankly, I have stopped even roughly dating my sipdowns in my review notebooks, so all of my notes are out of order. I just seem to vaguely recall finishing what I had of this tea around that time. Clearly, organized is one thing I am not. Anyway, I found this to be a quality Tieguanyin, and actually, I enjoyed it more than the premium offering from the same producer.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was chased by 18 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 10 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of lilac, gardenia, vanilla, orange blossom, baked bread, cream, and custard. After the rinse, I noted new aromas of butter, sweetgrass, honey, watercress, and coriander. The first infusion brought out aromas of violet, pastry, and orchid as well as somewhat more amplified sweetgrass, coriander, and watercress scents. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of sweetgrass, watercress, coriander, butter, cream, violet, baked bread, and pastry that were chased by pear, green apple, spinach, orange blossom, tangerine, honey, and sour apricot hints. The subsequent infusions introduced aromas of cinnamon, tangerine, sour apricot, and orange zest. Notes of cinnamon, orange zest, minerals, plum, lemon zest, sesame, white peach, and white grape appeared in the mouth alongside belatedly emerging custard, orchid, lilac, and gardenia notes and hints of vanilla and plum. I also noted more prevalent impressions of sour apricot, pear, green apple, spinach, and tangerine. As the tea faded, the liquor emphasized notes of minerals, pear, sweetgrass, coriander, butter, orange zest, white grape, green apple, cream, and watercress that were backed by subtler, thinner notes of spinach, tangerine, sour apricot, sesame, honey, baked bread, and violet.

This was a ridiculously flavorful, satisfying Tieguanyin. While I also enjoyed the premium Changkeng Tieguanyin that What-Cha offered, I found this one to be deeper, livelier, more memorable, and more textured overall. I would definitely be willing to recommend it to fans of jade Tieguanyin.

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coriander, Cream, Custard, Floral, Gardenias, Grass, Green Apple, Honey, Lemon Zest, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Orchid, Pastries, Peach, Pear, Plums, Spinach, Vanilla, Vegetal, Violet, White Grapes

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
tea-sipper

All these particular flavor notes sound amazing!

tea-sipper

OH and it just turns out that I already have a sample from Kawaii around here… I must have it tomorrow.

eastkyteaguy

I’ll keep an eye out for your note as I’m curious to know what you’ll think. Jade TGY is like oolong comfort food to me in the sense that I often come back to it when I want a break from other types of tea.

eastkyteaguy

I’ll keep an eye out for your note as I’m curious to know what you’ll think. Jade TGY is like oolong comfort food to me in the sense that I often come back to it when I want a break from other types of tea.

tea-sipper

Yeah, Tie Guan Yin is definitely one of my ‘comfort food’ teas.

LuckyMe

I got bored of jade TGY a long time ago, but these flavor notes make me want to revisit it.

tea-sipper

Eastkyteaguy – my note will be embarrassing compared to your awesome note. I’m composing it now. haha

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Oh man, this tea has me wrecked. I’m not done with the session yet; I’m taking a break, fighting falling asleep because I have some schoolwork to catch up on since I didn’t go to any of my classes yesterday. Figured I’d write a note, hopefully allowing the passage of this sedative effect.

I had a few pieces of homemade spanakopita a while ago for lunch and it was a little tart from the feta and some ground dried lemon. A similarly tart tieguanyin seemed like a good follow-up.

Teapot time: 4.4g, 100mL, 200F, rinse plus 3 steeps so far at 40/30/40s

Dry leaf scent is lightly wheaty and vegetal. In the warmed leaf, delicate notes of fresh peas, soybean, cream, cucumber and grass come forward. Rinsing the leaf brings forward orchid, butter and sugarcane.

The first thing I notice is how non-nuclear green this tieguanyin is. Sure it’s green in flavor with notes of peas, soybean, grass and lettuce, but it’s a rounded, slightly creamy, delicate and dainty green. I’m also picking up on light butter and an orchid and daisy? overlay that becomes stronger on the exhale. Some osmanthus and peach in the aftertaste. The tieguanyin tart finish in the back of the mouth is present and never overwhelming — it integrates perfectly. Now that I think about it, it reminds me of oxalis aka sour grass. Almost forgot to add the aroma is quite present yet soft with lily-of-the-valley.

By the time I finish the third steep, the sugarcane returning sweetness emanates from the throat and a pleasant astringency rings my mouth along my teeth; the back of my tongue and my lips are tingling. My gaze softens with an orange hue, my eyelids droop and I so desperately want to lie down. I feel like I’ve walked through a damp meadow of wildflowers and orchids. This is one of the best tieguanyin I’ve had — I’m not so much a fan of them but I’d definitely drink this one again.

So far, sooo good. Except I’m still sleepy. Thanks, Kawaii433 :)

Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Cream, Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Flowers, Garden Peas, Grass, Lettuce, Orchid, Osmanthus, Peach, Soybean, Sugarcane, Tart, Vegetal, Wheat

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kawaii433

Glad you enjoyed it! I just finished work so I think I’m going to go have some right now and see if I can detect some of those notes. :D

tea-sipper

a meadow of orchids.

derk

lalala…

derk

Enjoy, Kawaii433 :)

Kawaii433

Thank you Derk :)

I just finished the 5th infusion but oh man, after the 2nd… I started feeling the zzzzz too. It must be the meadow of orchids that tea-sipper mentioned. :D It’s like the Wizard of Oz Poppy field zzzzzzzzzz lol.

tea-sipper

NO derk mentioned the meadow of orchids, I thought it just definitely needed repeating on this winter day. :D

Kawaii433

hehe ok “I feel like I’ve walked through a damp meadow of wildflowers and orchids.” was a beautiful line. :D

derk

Definitely feels like the poppy field. I hope the meadow of orchids imagery gave you some relief, tea-sipper.

tea-sipper

It did, thank you much

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14 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for a while now, and I’ve also wanted to make a steepster review for a while, so this one will be my first!
I’ve had a lot of really solid oolongs from What-Cha, as he is the seller from whom I made my first three “true tea” orders. Wonderful vendor by the way, always sends a nice handwritten note and a free sample.
Onto this Tie Guan Yin, the first of its kind I’ve tried. It is a very nice tea. The last two or three times I’ve had it, I’ve brewed it Gongfu, but it also worked really well Western style. Today, I used a fair amount of tea, enough to fill my 120ml gongfu up to the brim when expanded. I also used F203 degree water whereas in the past I’ve used the suggested 194. I like these parameters as it makes for a stronger brew (obviously) and the taste was not much more dimensional when I used cooler water so I think it was an improvement. The taste profile is very nice—light, fresh, with a hint of spinach underneath the sour vegetation taste. Overall, a crisp and enjoyable experience. Not much evolution over brews, I’m on the fifth now and the lighter notes have been taken over by generally a lower EQ version of the taste with which the tea began. Recommended.

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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312 tasting notes

Medium to dark green tightly rolled balls that came in a zip-lock opaque bag. Wet leaves had a nice vegetal aroma, natural orchid fragrance. The liquor is a very light amber color with greenish tints. The taste is smooth, soft, mellow and savory with delicate vegetal and floral notes. No astringency nor bitterness. The first time I tried this it had bitter notes, but I basically fried it at 212˚F lol. This time I did it at 194˚F. It has a slightly sour finish that was pleasant, that lasted for a brief moment (no pucker up pull on the cheeks feeling), with slightly offsetting sweet notes, so their ‘gentle’ description is perfect.

5g, 110ml, 194˚F, 7 steeps: rinse, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s

Flavors: Floral, Orchids, Pleasantly Sour, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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356 tasting notes

Dry green curls emit a toasty scent and unfurl quickly once wet to reveal their leafy form. Oh yes, my senses are going to enjoy this one.

The first steep smells sweet and creamy, a really fantastic aroma. Very light liquor, light, milky flavor—there is more strength in the aroma than the flavor for this steep—smooth mouthfeel, a sweet aroma clings to empty cup and I’m left with a creamy sensation in the mouth.

The second steep is also creamy, sweet and aromatic. I’m not getting much vegetal taste or any sourness, but that could just be my tastebuds.

In the third steep I’m starting to get those vegetal notes, and I think the sourness is just barely there. The sourness starts to come out more in the following steeps, which I had to wait a couple hours to get to. So interesting how the taste has evolved, and it still has that creamy mouthfeel that lingers after I’m done.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Sour, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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