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.