*I just wanted to note that this isn't a photo of the actual sample packet. I stuck a label from the Tie Guan Yin on a packet of Oragnic White Peony because I didn't have enough samples for my photo
When mentioned Anxi County, people will spontaneously think of Anxi Tie Guan Yin, “Iron Goddess”. It is well-known both inland and abroad. This Tie Guan Yin is close to forest green in color, has a pure aroma. Meanwhile the liquid of this Oolong tea is transparent and bright, which truly is a feast to the eyes. In taste, this Tie Guan Yin has sweet flavor, long-last fragrance and comfortable sweet aftertaste.
Ingredients: Tie Guan Yin Oolong
Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Purchase:
Organically grown at Huqiu(虎邱) Anxi in Fujian Province
Harvest Time: May 2, 2013
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 2-3 teaspoons (10g) per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°
Steep Time: 3 steeps: 1m, 2m, 3m
TeaVivre also provides brewing instructions for using a 3 oz Gaiwan. In case you aren't familiar with what a Gaiwan is, it is a Chinese lidded bowl used for brewing and drinking tea. I can't go into Gaiwan style brewing much yet because it isn't a style I am overly familiar with, I typically brew western style in a tea pot.
Serving Size: 7g
Water Temp: 212°
Steep Time: 7 steeps: rinse, 25s, 55s, 75s, 90s, 100s, 120s, 160s
Again, I would like to thank Angel with TeaVivre for providing me with this sample. It took me awhile to be able to write this review, I was so blown away with the quality of this tea that I wasn't sure where to start writing about it. This was my first time drinking Tie Guan Yin and I think that TeaVivre has really set the bar high with this tea.
When I first opened my package I was surprised with the care they took when packaging the sample. Not only was it vacuum sealed in a foil pack, but the tea inside was also wrapped in plastic to preserve the flavor.
This is another tea that I would recommend using a scale to measure the proper serving size in grams rather than a teaspoon. Due to the hand rolled shape of Tie Guan Yin it is impossible to measure accurately with a teaspoon.
For this review I prepared this tea western style in a ceramic tea pot. I used 7.5 grams of tea and prepared 3 steeps at 1m, 2m, and 3m. I wouldn't suggest steeping much more than three times, the tea looses most of its flavor after the third steep.
My first steep was a pale golden color with a tinge of green. The aroma and scent from this steep was very floral, almost overwhelmingly so while it was hot. There was a bit of astringency while the tea was still hot, but it disappeared once it cooled. It also had a subtle sweetness that I noticed towards the end of each sip.
This tea has such a depth to it that makes it a little hard to describe and I noticed immediately that the flavor isn't like any other oolong that I've had.
My second and third steeps were slightly darker in color and more golden. One thing that I have noticed is that the floral flavors become much more apparent with each additional infusion. There is also a bit of a mineral taste with these steeps that I only noticed while the tea was still hot. Once it cooled to room temperature it, as well as the slight astringency I noticed, completely disappeared.
After drinking this I understand why Tie Guan Yin is one of the most sought after types of tea in China. If you haven't had a chance to try it yet I highly recommend it. As I said before, I am completely blown away by the quality of this tea. If you're considering an order from TeaVivre make sure you add a sample of this to your order, you won't be disappointed.
Would I order this again? Absolutely! I was blown away by both the quality and flavor of this tea.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by TeaVivre for my review. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.