Organic Superfine Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess) Oolong Tea from Teavivre


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

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. With a delightfully fresh floral taste. It is well-known both inland and abroad. You will certainly be surprised with the distinct orchid fragrance of this Organic Superfine Tie Guan Yin. Meanwhile the liquid of this Oolong tea is transparent and bright, which truly is a feast to the eyes. In taste, this Organic Tie Guan Yin has sweet flavor, long-last fragrance and comfortable sweet aftertaste.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Organic Superfine Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from Teavivre (also known as Iron Goddess), is lovely – really lovely indeed.  Sweet, crisp in flavor, with delightful floral overtones.

The dry leaves look very much like other Tie Guan Yin teas I’ve encountered – the leaves have been tightly wound into pellets.  These pellets seem smaller than a typical Tie Guan Yin, and the color is a very vivid, dark forest green.  Beautiful!  The aroma is vegetative, reminding me of springtime when the air is filled with the scent of new, green growth and notes of flower.

Ordinarily, I combine the first two infusions for my first cup, but today, I wanted to try the first infusion on its own.  So, after a quick fifteen second rinse, I infused the leaves for 45 seconds and enjoyed the tea.  My first infusion was quite light in flavor.  Sweet, with delicate floral tones and a hint of creaminess to the taste and texture.

The second cup – the combination of the second and third infusions – is much creamier, sweeter and has a heady floral essence that says “orchid!”  I can taste a vanilla-esque note to this.  There isn’t a strong vegetative taste to this cup, but I do notice some vegetation off in the background.  Beautifully sweet, this cup!

The third cup – which is the combination of the fourth and fifth infusions – is a bit lighter in texture than the second, but not quite as crisp as the first.  There is a certain brightness to this cup, I can almost taste a hint of citrus to this.  Not quite a “fruit-like” flavor, but the acidic nature of the citrus is what I notice, and this offers a nice contrast to the sweet, floral tones.  Still quite sweet, the flavors are beginning to meld here, becoming more unified and less distinct.

This is really a lovely Tie Guan Yin … if you’ve only room on your tea shelf for one Tie Guan Yin, this should definitely be one that you consider for that coveted spot!  This one is top-notch!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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