tea (n.) \ˈtē\ 1. shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies 2. an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Floral Tie-Guan-Yin Superior

When I first opened this sample bag, I couldn't resist the intoxicating flowery aroma and became anxious for the water to reach temperature.  This brew was surprisingly light and delicate, and went well with a pinch of sugar. According to Upton Tea Imports, "This superior Tie Guan Yin selection has an appealing floral intensity with orchid-like notes in the aroma and finish. With leaves ranging from light green to dark olive and a light-ecru colored cup, this is an attractive and delightful treat."  I heartily recommend this Oolong for someone desiring a more orchid-flavored tea rather than the traditional grassy taste that accompanies lesser Tie-Guan-Yins.

ZO83: Floral Tie-Guan-Yin Superior
Origin: China
Steeping Suggestions
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 190°
Steep Time: 3 min.

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