Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
Tie Guan Yin is one of the most enjoyed of the Chinese Oolongs. The spring leaves and buds are toasted in large woks which enhances the tea fragrance. Mild and smooth, this tea is easy to pair with any meal.
The dry leaf has a very subtle yet intriguing aroma that is very “outdoorsy” to me. I can smell elements of wood and smoke, as well as hints of flower. There is also a distinct fruity note. On Steepster my SororiTea Sister – Jennifer aka TeaEqualsBliss – described that fruity scent as grape-like, and I agree with that comparison. It’s really a beautiful fragrance.
After steeping, the liquor has a strong smoky scent but I am thankful that that smoky essence does not translate as strongly to the taste. There is a hint of smokiness to the flavor, but, I would really describe it more as a roasty-toasty kind of flavor than a smoky flavor.
This tea also possesses a lovely peach-like flavor in the background, as well as a deep woodsy flavor. It is very smooth with a light astringency at the tail and a sweet roasted aftertaste. The overall cup is mellow and quite soothing. A great tea to enjoy later in the afternoon, when you’re wanting to unwind, or after a meal to help calm the spirit.
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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