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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tazo Loose Leaf Oolong Tea 'Ti Kwan Yin / Iron Goddess of Mercy'

Tea Information:
Tea: Ti Kwan Yin “Iron Goddess of Mercy”
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Tazo
Purchase: 15th Ave Coffee & Tea
Description: Origin: China

One of the most celebrated Chinese oolong teas with a light, floral flavor.

One of the worlds most celebrated oolong teas, this semi-fermented tea is tightly wound in a typical oolong fashion with a very dense, sage green color. The russet brown color and delicate crimson edging of the leaf is due to the shaking and slight bruising that the tea undergoes during processing and is a signature appearance of a well made Ti Kwan Yin.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp - 7.3g
Water: 500ml filtered water 195°F, also tried with 750ml and results were the same!
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: roasty, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral, vegetal
Flavor: buttery, vegetal, MilitiaJim got salted seaweed flavor
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

This was a gift from Melody over at If you enjoy starbucks or coffee you should really go and read her wonderful Starbucks fan site / community / blog.

The tea came in a nice square metal tin. Inside the tin the tea was inside a plastic bag sealed with a white sticker. I appreciated the careful packing since it got shipped here and arrived in beautiful not crushed condition. This is a very enjoyable oolong. I added a bit of maple syrup when drinking it with breakfast, but it was overpowered by the maple. I have had this multiple times, and have only managed one good resteep each time, after which it gets very weak. Despite that fact using more water with the same amount of leaf on the first steep has provided me with an equally strong and flavorful first infusion.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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