Tea: Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin

A Tie Guan Yin from Foojoy

Picture of Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Anxi, Fujian, China
# Ratings:5 View All

Review of Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin

8 of 105 of 54 of 583 of 100
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This oolong has a noticeable roasted quality but still a lot of greener character. It comes across as both toasty and fresh, and is very complex.

The cup brews a dark color, and the leaves turn a dark olive-brown upon steeping. The aroma is both woody and herbaceous, and has tones of nut, cocoa, and spice (especially cinnamon), as well as some fleeting floral qualities, and a hint of mint in the finish. I can see the caramel apple tones that Tea Snob mentions but I think I'd describe this tea differently because it doesn't seem sweet to me and I associate those aromas with sweetness. Flavor is very smooth: little bitterness, astringency, or sourness, but still very full-bodied.

Very easy to infuse. This is not a picky tea. It works well for gong-fu style brewing but you can also just as brew it in a big mug and steep it for a long time with very good results.

An all-around middle-of-the-road oolong of very good quality.

This tea is actually not cheap, and is very hard to find for sale. I have not seen it for sale online and have only ever found it in one store, but I would still recommend buying it.

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