This is a cross between Tie Guan Yin and Huang Jing gui, the latter of which I dont have any experience with. Apparently yellow and reminiscent of osmanthus , this TGY is grafted onto these trees and Jin Guan Yin is born!
Its delightful, has a more dark green leaf flavour than other TGY, perhaps, but very slight. Its not bitterness, but reminds me of holly for some reason. Not that ive ever eaten holly.
Spinach, kale, and something else (osmanthus?) i dont recognise is in there. Tastes a bit ‘short’, and tiny amount less creamy or thick as others, but this is a very slight amount – Im having the premium TGY now as a comparison and I cant really tell much of a difference, maybe the TGY is a bit more like wet greens, perhaps some fruit in there, but it isnt much of a difference.
As to which i prefer, not sure really, im going to have to be really discerning to choose – these are both good TGY-type and its such a wondrous flavour i wouldnt throw either out of bed. Apparently the JGY can be steeped for longer so I will try that next, I drank these back-to-back to see if there was a big flavour difference, this is the second time ive done that and there really isnt much in it. – both delicious, this might just nip the TGY by one point!
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Kale, Osmanthus, Spinach, Vegetal