Tie Guan Yin Oolong, Loose-leaf

Vibrant green, tightly-rolled tea leaves in a white dish, a cup filled with pale green brewed tea behind itView Full Resolution

This photo shows a green (lighter-roast, low-oxidation) Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) oolong tea. The loose-leaf is pictured in a dish to the left, and a brewed cup is to the right in the background.

The leaf is tightly rolled and has a vibrant green color. The cup is a very pale yellow-green.

The vibrant green color of the leaf and the extremely pale, greenish color of the brewed cup, suggests to me that this is probably a "modern green" style of this oolong, meaning that it has almost no oxidation and no discernable roast. This contrasts with "traditional green" oolongs, which are low oxidation and have only a very slight roast, but noticeably more, reflected in a slightly more golden color of both the loose-leaf and brewed cup.

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Alex Zorach

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Joined Sep. 1st, 2009.

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