Friday, April 18, 2014

Adagio Teas Ti Kuan Yin

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

This tea was sweet, smooth and refreshing with a really nice lingering floral aroma. There was no bitterness or astringency to speak of. Lightly oxidized TGY is usually not my thing as they can be almost too sweet but this one was very balanced. I prefer to use a gaiwan but this tea would also do well if prepared in a more western style. Adagio's teas are great way to get your feet wet because they are usually priced very well. Was it the best Tie Guan Yin I've ever had? Definitely not. Was it a really decent cup of tea with an affordable price point? Absolutely! This tea is part of their Roots campaign. As always, I really enjoy reading the Q & A's with tea farmers. I've also noticed an interesting new feature on their website. The price per pound is compared with other popular tea companies such as Teavana and David's Tea. I couldn't help but giggle when I saw that Teavana was 212% more expensive. :)

Ti Kuan Yin sample provided by Adagio Teas.