Norbu Tea Diamond Grade Tie Guan Yin Oolong Spring Harvest 2009

As my love affair with tea has evolved I’ve found myself favoring oolongs more and more. However, for a while I was convinced that I just did not like Tie Guan Yin. I always found them “fake” tasting but I figured I should give it another shot. My sample arrived in a vacuum sealed pack which was nice because I could immediately tell that the leaves were very fresh. They were mostly whole and bright green in color. They had an intensely floral fragrance that was apparent as soon as I opened the package. I made this tea in a gaiwan using boiling water.

Brewing it in this way this selection was a marathon tea. I actually lost count of how many infusions I made. In fact, there was only a difference in taste between infusions. The taste was multi-layered, floral as expected but also a refreshing aftertaste. The closest I can come to describing it is to say that it tasted like buttery orchids. I now think the selections that I’ve tried before must have been relatively low quality. I might just add it to my regular rotation.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.