Imperial "AAA" Tie Guan Yin of Anxi Oolong Tea of Fujian

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Creamy, Mineral, Potato, Snow Peas, Vegetal, Grapes, Green Apple, Sour
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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “I brewed this tea gong fu style as I do for most. The steamed leaves have a very creamy aroma that becomes more starchy when washed. Both the steamed leaves and the washed leaves have a strong...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Am running a little tea demo course and ordered teas from YS due to a very limited budget and bc I didn’t want to gamble with Verdant again lol. Anyway, have 6 teas, which I ran through today with...” Read full tasting note
  • “I snagged 25g of the autumn 2021 version of this tea, and am writing from November 2021. The leaves are a dark and vibrant green, more vibrant even than a Taiwan high mountain oolong; they’re not...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

This is the highest grade of Tie Guan Yin normally available. Picked in a small window of just 2 days during the spring and autumn harvest and hand-processed in small batches to achieve a high level of aroma and full Guan Yin taste! Also known as AAA Grade!

We recommend you order other grades first before ordering this one… taste this side by side with Premium and Fancy grades we offer and you will taste the difference.

The tea is composed of uniformly small, tightly hand-rolled emerald green nuggets! The brewed tea liquor is a lovely emerald green with floral hints and a lingering taste in the mouth and throat!

Upgrade your Tie Guan Yin experience!!!

Actual colors of the tea may vary somewhat from pictured. Purchase the smallest amount to try before purchasing larger amounts.

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I brewed this tea gong fu style as I do for most.
The steamed leaves have a very creamy aroma that becomes more starchy when washed. Both the steamed leaves and the washed leaves have a strong vegetal aroma akin to perhaps a snap pea.
The liquor itself is light and starchy – with similar vegetal notes as its aroma. Reminds me of potatoes. With later steeps the tea takes on a more mineral like flavour. Great tea – very delicate for a Tieguanyin.

Flavors: Creamy, Mineral, Potato, Snow Peas, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Am running a little tea demo course and ordered teas from YS due to a very limited budget and bc I didn’t want to gamble with Verdant again lol. Anyway, have 6 teas, which I ran through today with a friend (more beginner to tea) over the course of 4 hours, and so these are quick impressions and transcribed from notes, and are somewhat haphazardly done.

August 2021. 2.2g, 60 mL gaiwan (actuality is less practical volume), 212f brita filtered water.

Dry: umami, green, seaweed, tree leaves
Did a couple steeps together combined before pouring. Wet leaves smell coalesced with the taste in the most bizarre taste that I’ve ever gotten from a TGY. Outside of the brothy aspect and vegetal sweetness to the tea, slight umami aftertaste, not much sweetness to that. The lasting impression was the smell, something uncannily reminiscent of the spring pollinated and summer blooming flowers (weeds? they’ve got little light purple blossoms, grow in clumps, and have been around forever and seem always surrounded by all sorts of bees and wasps and other scary bugs that can sting) behind my parents’ business combined with cut grass. This may sound nice, but to taste it in tea was bizarre, unpleasant, and unsettling. Borderline nauseating for the friend who apparently suffers from allergies lol. Poor way to cap off the session.

0.50c/g. Neither of us finished our cup, and yet will retain memories of this one for all the wrong reasons. Pass.

Again, wish I could post pictures, but our leaves were shockingly green, like kale or spinach, but even greener, nothing pale green like the ones in the picture on YS US site.

derk

You should be able to upload a photo by editing the tea entry.

m2193

I always thought it was more reserved for direct vendor supplied marketing pics? Since there can only be one shown.

If there was a way to add it to review directly, it’d be best, but I guess I could upload a pic elsewhere and link to that. If people aren’t scared off enough by this review already, the photos won’t help, hahah! For anyone reading, take my word for this one: tuition.

CrowKettle

I added a few “official” ones from Yunnan Sourcing’s website to the tea entry (most companies don’t add images on here themselves). However, I totally support you also uploading your own photo if you feel inclined – either to the tea entry page’s “image reel” or as a link on your review. It would make a good reference, especially considering the company’s disclaimer: “Actual colors of the tea may vary somewhat from pictured.”

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I snagged 25g of the autumn 2021 version of this tea, and am writing from November 2021. The leaves are a dark and vibrant green, more vibrant even than a Taiwan high mountain oolong; they’re not the biggest, and are a bit roughly cut, but they expand substantially, and 5g quickly filled my 150mL gaiwan to the brim. This tea has a full body and pleasant fruit sourness- green apple or grape. I’d highly recommend it if you can get it fresh, but it seems like something that would suffer from age.

Flavors: Grapes, Green Apple, Sour

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