REVIEW: The Tea Co – Iron Buddha Supreme


Tea: Tie Guan Yin oolong tea from Gan De, Anxi, China
Sample provided by: The Tea Co
Retail price: Sample for £5.15 / 50 grams for £21.00 / 100 grams for £39.55
Link to Iron Buddha Supreme on The Tea Co website

Dry leaf:
– Beautiful dry leaf that is tightly rolled balls. The balls are a rich, dark green colour with some streaks of lime green
– Very aromatic dry leaf that smells of orchids

Infused tea:
– The infused tea cups out a moderately pale liquor that is lime green
– It is a highly aromatic liquor that has an unmistakable orchid aroma
– The liquor is smooth and refreshing – it is sweet with floral/orchid notes
– It leaves a lingering, satisfying aftertaste

– Infuse this tea two to three minutes with near boiling water. You can get at least five infusions
– This is a fantastic lightly oxidised oolong. It is far superior to any everyday Tie Guan Yin. This tea magnificently retains its intoxicating aroma and flavour throughout numerous infusions
– After you’ve exhausted the tea from five or six infusion, check out how the dry leaf has unravelled to reveal whole tea leaves. The intact leaves really show the quality of this tea!


About teaxplorer

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 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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