Review of Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

AromaFlavorValueTotal
8 of 104 of 54 of 580 of 100
ExcellentGoodGood Value

Dry leaves look as if green tea, however, the brew is light brown, slightly lighter color than Auspicious Ayame (a discontinued by Teavana oolong, my benchmark for Oolongs for now), good floral taste when cooled, but not as complex as Auspicious Ayame’s.
I brewed it 8 min. as the color did not seem dark enough while in the infuser. Longer brew did not spoiled it.
For a second steep, I added a teaspoon of a harsher variety of oolong, the Mountain Wulong from Worldmarket Cost Plus, to liven it up. This worked out well, just as it used to work with Auspicious Ayame.

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Alex Zorach wrote:
on December 2nd, 2013

Hello and welcome to RateTea, and thank you for your reviews!

I find it interesting to read how, even among people who also like similar teas to me, people often like brewing them so differently--this tea I preferred brewing more briefly than a typical oolong.

I have noticed that over the past 3 years or so, Teavana has discontinued a lot of their pure teas, including green teas as well. I suspect they're just responding to market forces, but I think it is sad, as they've lost many of the teas I was most a fan of. On the other hand, they're all teas where I've been able to buy something similar from another company for a lower price.

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