Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Teavivre
Tie Guan Yin tea is a type of Oolong tea, and is – deservedly – one of the most revered and sought after type tea in China. Sometimes also written as Ti Kuan Yin or Iron Goddess Oolong Tea. Apart from its amazing taste, this tea also has great health benefits, being high in amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants.
Learn more about this tea here.
This is an outstanding Tie Guan Yin.
This brews to a beautiful chartreuse color. If I recall correctly, other Tie Guan Yin teas that I’ve experienced were more yellow than green, but this one has a distinct greenish hue to it. It’s really quite lovely. The aroma is floral and sweet, eluding to what the taste has in store.
And yes, it is indeed floral and sweet. It has a delectable buttery overtone to it with hints of vegetation, giving it a taste that is somewhat like lightly buttered, steamed vegetables. The floral notes taste sweet and exotic.
And the more you steep these leaves, the better the tea becomes. While the combination of the first and second infusions were light and refreshing, the flavor intensified significantly with the cup that held my third and fourth infusion. More buttery tones, very rich and even had a slickness to the mouthfeel. Quite delightful. The fifth and sixth infusion proved to be equally as delicious.
I have been extraordinarily impressed with Teavivre’s taste and quality. They are dedicated to providing the very best teas, and this Tie Guan Yin is a perfect example of that excellence. This company is a MUST TRY for all tea lovers!