Saturday, January 19, 2013
Teavivre Taiwan Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled. very fragrant
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
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.