Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Persimmon Tree Compassion (Tie Guan Yin)
Leaf Appearance: dark greenish brown, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
The first thing that struck me about this tea was its strong roasted aroma. The taste was slightly floral and sweet with a pleasant nuttiness that echoed the toastiness I initially picked up on. It made for a very comforting cup, akin to what I might feel with a genmaicha. The finish was surprisingly crisp and almost cooling but there was no bitterness. My second infusion was just as delicious and I could tell that the leaves definitely had a lot more to give. This would be an excellent tea for someone who isn't a fan of very green oolongs. I love high roasted oolongs because they can be very forgiving. Whether prepared gongfu style in a gaiwan or in an infuser basket on the go, you still get a great cup of tea. I've noticed that this is the case with most of the teas that I have tried from The Persimmon Tree. They have all been very "user friendly" teas that don't require a precise brewing. This makes them great for beginners or places like the office where conditions are not necessarily ideal.
You can find out more about this tea here.