Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Arbor Teas
Ti Kuan Yin is the most famous of all organic Oolong Teas. This Fair Trade Certified organic Chinese tea is grown in the southern reaches of China’s Fujian Province. The tightly-rolled dark green organic loose leaf tea yields a pale golden, smooth-bodied infusion with a complex aroma having accents of sweet flowers, rich greens and forest floor.
Learn more about this tea here.
It’s been a while since I’ve last tried the delicious Ti Kuan Yin that Arbor Tea offers, and I’ve missed it! I brewed this Ti Kuan Yin in my gaiwan using short steeps. By brewing it using this method, I managed six very flavorful infusions, each new infusion seemed to taste even lovelier than the one prior!
The body is incredibly smooth and rich, with a thick mouthfeel that is soft and luxurious. The flavor is sweet with a floral overtone and a hint of vegetation in the distance.
There is an undertone of earthiness to this Ti Kuan Yin which evoke thoughts of the mossy earth that carpets the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The sweetness to this cup is reminiscent of honeysuckles.
I love that this tea is organic and Fair Trade Certified, which is true of all the teas sold by Arbor Teas. Overall, I find this to be an excellent Oolong; a lovely, contemplative brew! I highly recommend it!