Iron Goddess of Mercy

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Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Nantou, Taiwan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Iron Goddess of Mercy

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This tea's info last updated: Jan. 5, 2018

Commercial Description

Smooth and rich with aromas of roasted chestnut and notes of dried apricot.

Brewing Instructions: (from Rishi Tea)

Water: 195°F / Leaves: 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces / Infusion Time: 3–4 minutes

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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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Wow. Rishi gets my attention again with another tea that is recognizable as its style but with its own unique twist. The aroma is astonishingly complex...in addition to the toasty, woody, and fruity tones you might expect from a medium-roasted Tie Guan Yin, there is a strong suggestion of spice (nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon) and spearmint. The finish is more typical...mostly woody.

Very full-bodied. Some bitterness, a fair amount of astringency. This is not the smoothest tea, but I like it like that. I really appreciate that Rishi, again, has gone for a bold, strong representative of this style, rather than a smooth tea that is all aroma and has little substance to back it up.

This tea is not cheap, but I think it offers outstanding value. You don't need to use much leaf either.
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