REVIEW: Teasenz – Anxi Tie Guan Yin (2014)

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Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Anxi County, Fujian province, China
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Typically I’m a Taiwanese oolong guy, but I enjoy lightly oxidised oolongs so much that I’m always up for trying oolongs from different region. Tie Guan Yin – also labelled as Iron Buddha, amongst other names – is one of the best-known Chinese oolongs. Today I’ll be tasting a spring 2014 Anxi Tie Guan Yin available at Teasenz. First impressions are very positive, as the aroma of the dry leaf is jumping and the leaves are beautiful. Read on for the full review.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of small, tightly-rolled balls that range in colour from light green to dark green. It has a sweet, grassy aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a light green liquor that has a strong floral (orchid-like) aroma. It is a medium-bodied tea that has very little astringency. The second and third infusions are dominated by floral, orchid-like flavours. Sweeter notes are present in the first, fourth and fifth infusions. The liquor has a wonderful, lingering aftertaste

Infusion tips: You can prepare this tea western style or gong fu. Typically I am all for gong fu style, but I think steeping it for two minutes (first infusion, then increase infusion time 30 seconds to one minute for each subsequent steeping) with 95C water really brought out the best in this tea. But play around with the tea and see what you like. Try infusing this tea four to six times

Conclusions: This is an extremely good Tie Guan Yin: it is fresh, packed with aroma, has a smooth, complex liquor, and a long-lingering aftertaste. While I don’t know that I could ever be converted from Taiwanese oolongs, I definitely would not sneer if I was served this tea. It is top-quality and a pleasure to drink

Retail price: 15 grams for $2.24 / 70 grams for $8.95 / 200 grams for $23.00

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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 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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