Monday, May 2, 2011

Shanti Tea Iron Goddess


This oolong tea is organic and fair trade certified. The dry leaves were various shades of green with some brown mixed in and tightly rolled appearance. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 190 degree water and three consecutive 30 second infusions. While I was preparing it, the non-tea drinking people in the room observed that it smelled like spinach. The liquor was pale gold in color.

This tea had a very light floral taste. It was almost a little too delicate. Most Tie Guan Yin teas are a bit bolder and complex than that. That doesn't necessarily make it a bad tea, it was just not what I was expecting. There was no astringency to speak of and very little after taste. After steeping, the unfurled leaves were very large. I would probably recommend this tea.