My taste in tea tends to vary with the seasons. For summer my staples lean towards strawberry oolong or peach scented green tea. In the fall I pull out a tin of keemun, whose smoke flavor reminds me of bonfires and roasted marshmallows. During the long, cold winter I turn to something with a spicy kick, usually chai, heavy on the sugar and cream, which always has a way of warming me from the inside out. Heavy spring rains send me longing for something comforting and familiar, so my favorite earl grey cream tea makes an almost daily appearance. In between those staples I drink a wide assortment of teas, sent to me from all over, but time and time again I find myself reaching for oolong first. It has always been one of my favorite varieties of tea, so when my recent samples from TeaVivre arrived I knew I'd start with the Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin.
Unlike some of the other oolongs I've sampled from TeaVivre in the past, this tea has a more monotone flavor, tasting mostly of fresh picked flowers. It lacks the depth some of their other offerings have and I find myself missing the notes of hay, vanilla, and sweet fruit that some of my favorites, such as their Anxi Monkey King Tie Guan Yin, bring to the table. While this classic style of Tie Guan Yin isn't as flavorful, it does have a fabulously smooth, almost butter mouthfeel and slight sweetness that I've found quite addictive. This tends to dissipate slightly with each resteeping of the leaves, but the faintest hints are still noticeable, even after the sixth steeping. The fact that this tea can be steeped so many times alone will insure that I'll order it again, it's a great choice when economy is something to consider, although I will admit it's not my favorite of the Tie Guan Yin teas that TeaVivre has to offer.
Would I order this again? Yes. If you're love strongly floral teas you may find this to be a favorite, but I found myself wishing for a little more change in flavor after awhile.
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 2 teaspoons or 3.5g per 12 ounces
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 5 - 8 minutes
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that TeaVivre has provided me with a sample for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.