Reviewer: Alex Zorach
✓ 1274 teas reviewed
✓ 20 of Tie Guan Yin
✓ 2 of Seven Cups
✓ 17 from Anxi, Fujian, China
Review of Old Style Tie Guan Yin Anxi Wulong 2010
August 27th, 2012
I sampled this in a blind tea tasting, alongside with the 2011 batch of this same tea. The two teas, while recognizably similar in style, were radically different in overall character.
This tea had a sour flavor and overall subdued quality. There was less bitterness and less astringency than the 2012 batch, but less flavor overall. All infusions, but especially the later ones, had a cooling quality that I find quite unusual for this type of tea.
The first cup had a mild aroma, moastly suggestive of roast. The second one brought out skunky tones.
Other people in the group seemed to react negatively to this tea. I wasn't a huge fan of it but I think I liked it better than the other people present. But as much as I liked it a little more than the other people did, I still thought it was a bit flat, and I disliked the sourness to it.
It also seems astronomically priced, however, for a tea that seems to be of mediocre quality (according to the consensus of our group).