Shanti Tea Iron Goddess

This oolong tea is organic and fair trade certified. The dry leaves were various shades of green with some brown mixed in and tightly rolled appearance. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 190 degree water and three consecutive 30 second infusions. While I was preparing it, the non-tea drinking people in the room observed that it smelled like spinach. The liquor was pale gold in color.

This tea had a very light floral taste. It was almost a little too delicate. Most Tie Guan Yin teas are a bit bolder and complex than that. That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad tea, it was just not what I was expecting. There was no astringency to speak of and very little after taste. After steeping, the unfurled leaves were very large. I would probably recommend this tea.