TEA REVIEW: Grey’s Teas – Ti Kuan Yin – Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong tea


Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Anxi in Fujian province, China
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Link to Ti Kuan Yin

Oolongs are some of favourite teas, and roasted oolongs are a new favourite of mine. Typically I’m more drawn to Taiwanese oolongs, but I’m always keen to give other origins a go. So, let’s get to tasting.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Dark brown rolled leaves with a sweet and floral aroma

Wet leaf: Roasted, sweet notes

Liquor colour: Golden – darkens with each infusion

Liquor aroma: Roasted and peachy sweet notes

Liquor flavour: The body of the tea has roasted and peachy sweet flavours, whilst the                                    finish has some floral undertones. It is a medium-bodied tea with a                                        mild amount of astringency. The finish has a dry mouthfeel and a                                            lingering roasted taste

Infusion method: Gong fu style preparation using a Yixing teapot or gaiwan                                                         Infusion times: 30s, 1m, 1m 30s                                                                                                         4 to 5 grams of tea                                                                                                                                 150 to 200ml water at 90 to 95C                                                                                                       3 to 4 infusions


In my opinion, this tea has classic roasted Chinese oolong flavours: roasted and peachy notes. It is a tea that can be enjoyed at any time during the day, as it has a good punch of flavour and body for mornings, but has refreshing sweet notes for an afternoon treat. This is a solid everyday tea that is priced well.

Retail price: 125 gram packet for £7.32 / 125 gram tin for £10.32


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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