Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Life in Teacup
Traditional charcoal roast with Tie Guan Yin and Mao Xie.
I adore Oolong teas, and this Tie Guan Yin is superb!
The leaves are dark, a result of charcoal roasting. The roasting has imparted a delicious toasty flavor to the natural nutty tones of the Oolong. The buttery flavor that is often a part of Oolong has become more of a caramel sweetness. It’s almost like a dessert in a teacup!
The sip starts with with an introduction of the sweet yet savory roasted nut flavor which soon gives way to a hint of flower (almost honeysuckle-esque). The caramel notes sit in the background, never becoming too prominent or overwhelming. The mouthfeel here is light, much lighter than a very green Oolong would be, and not nearly as creamy. A whisper of smoke weaves its way throughout the sip and remains through the aftertaste.
Overall the tea is bittersweet with the emphasis on sweet rather than on bitter. There is a moderate amount of cleansing astringency at the finish. In subsequent infusions, I noticed that the smoky flavor came through a little more – but it was never an overpowering presence.
It’s absolutely delicious and a must try for Oolong enthusiasts.
I love all the teas that I’ve tried thus far from Life in Teacup. I love their philosophy too, which can be read on their homepage:
“We believe tea is a luxury of time, and not necessarily a luxury of money.”
I agree. While some teas can be extraordinarily expensive, I like it when I find a company that offers delicious, high quality teas at an affordable price, such as Life in Teacup!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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