REVIEW: LuLin Teas – Tie Guan Yin

LuLin Teas - Tie Guan Yin

Tea: Oolong tea from the Fujian Province, China.
Sample provided by: LuLin Teas.
Retail price: 50 gram caddy for £9.95 / 150 gram caddy for £24.95.
Link to Tie Guan Yin on LuLin website.

My comments:
Tie Guan Yin is one of favourite oolongs, and in my days I’ve had some remarkably good Tie Guan Yins that filled my senses with unbelievable flavour and aroma, and I’ve had some that were tasteless duds. LuLin’s Tie Guan Yin falls under the former. Its floral and sweet notes makes it a very impressionable tea that I believe would satisfy any oolong lover.

When I opened the sample packet, the floral aroma of the dry leaf smelled much stronger than I anticipated and made a good first impression. The dry leaf is tightly curled and has a dark green colour. With each infusion, the tea unravels to expose beautiful full leaves.

I infused the tea three times. The first infusion was my favourite because the complexity of the tea was most present: the floral and sweet notes of the tea were extremely vibrant in its liquor and aroma. By the third infusion, the tea lost a bit of its luster: while the liquor was at its sweetest point, the floral notes had almost entirely dissipated. The colour of the liquor, which was predominately pale with a hint of light green, was consistent with each infusion.

My review: 4.25/5

IMG_6164 Third infusion, steep 2.5 minutes

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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