Saturday, January 19, 2013

Teavivre Taiwan Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled. very fragrant
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

The dry leaves of this tea were incredibly fragrant. As soon as I opened my sample my senses were flooded with their sweet, floral smell. The taste was sharp, vegetal and nutty with notes of orchid that echoed the same floral aroma I noted in the dry leaf. There was a citrus finish to each sip that I found very refreshing. The mouth-feel was smooth and buttery with no astringency. With each infusion, the flavor profile grew just a bit sweeter and somewhat less vegetal. I did three consecutive steepings but the leaves definitely could have kept going for several more. I love how much information Teavivre lists on their site about each tea. Very few vendors list the exact harvest date or pesticide test results. That kind of openness says a lot about Teavivre as a company and the products they sell.

You can find out more about this tea here.


  1. I'm kind of afraid of oolong tea because my experience with it is very "hit and miss". But, this sounds divine, and I absolutely want to try it!

    - Jackie

  2. You definitely should! Once you try oolong, your tea drinking will never be the same :)


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