Ti Guan Yin Oolong Tea

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Brand:Wegmans
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Ti Guan Yin Oolong Tea

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 17, 2011

Commercial Description

Named for the Buddhist deity Guan Yin (The Iron Goddess of Mercury), this most famous of all oolongs comes to us from Taiwan and has many of the same properties as green tea.

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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Wow. This tea surprised me from the first sip, both with its quality and originality. This is not a run-of-the-mill Tie Guan Yin.

Aroma highly complex, with both floral and herbaceous tones present from the start. There's a honey-like quality and a slight but noticeable roast. Finish is woody, but in a gentle sort of way. Relative to the dark color of the dried leaf and brewed cup (it comes out amber in a typical strength), this tea has a much greener character in its aroma and flavor.

Flavor is very smooth, creamy even. Very low astringency, even compared to other high-quality oolongs, and even with long steeping times.

Using less than one teaspoon of leaves, this tea was good for three infusions in a medium-sized mug. The leaves unfurl very slowly so I like to use 4-5 minutes for the first infusion, and then only 2-3 for the second, followed by 10 or more for the third.

Brewed this way, I find that the first infusion is the most floral, and the second infusion brings out more of the roasted qualities. The third infusion is weaker, but has a strong and pleasing aftertaste. The complexities of the roasted tones are most evident in the second infusion.

Very reasonable price for a tea of such high quality. My only complaint about this tea is that it is perhaps a tad boring, a little (only a little) too smooth for me.
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