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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Teavivre Loose Leaf Oolong Tea 'Tie Guan Yin' 'Iron Goddess'

Tea Information:
Tea: Organic Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess”
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Teavivre
Purchase: Here
Description: The absolute highest quality Organic Oolong tea (Wu Long tea)

Grown and produced near Zhangzhou in Fujian province
Hand made into small, rolled up, jade colored leaves
Pale yellow-green colored tea when brewed
Delightfully fresh floral taste and aroma

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, TeaVivre's organic Tie Guan Yin tea is a completely organic product, grown high in the mountains of Fujian. Apart from its amazing taste, this tea also has great health benefits, being high in amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants.

Steep Information:
Amount: 5g
Water: 750ml 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fresh, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegtal, light, floral
Flavor: smooth (but not silky) vegetal, sweet
Body: Light
Aftertaste: nutty?
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

Resteep: 195°F 2 min
same quality, slightly darker, odd stronger on steep two, i guess the leaves being open made a difference

Resteep: 195°F 2 min
same quality as the second

Resteep: 195°F 2 min
same quality, touch weaker
refrigerated - BLEH not good cold

At this point I gave up
The leaves could have probably done another cup

Not the best I've had but a good iron goddess, slight nuttiness, smooth vegetal, just keep it hot.

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

I received this product for free in return for writing a review.
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.
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