• Reviews

    Yezi Tea Tie Guan Yin High Grade

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 45 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: greenish gold It’s been a while since I reviewed something from +Yezi Tea and this Tie Guan Yin was calling my name. I previously reviewed and very much enjoyed the Master Grade Tie Guan Yin from this company. This version was different but still made for an excellent cup of tea. The taste was more on the greener side of things. Vegetal notes dominated the flavor profile of my first brew. Lots of floral aroma and a hint of nuttiness kicked in on the second round. I wouldn’t quite call…


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    Yezi Tea Yi Fu Chun

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown I’ve been on a big Chinese red tea kick lately so I was excited to dig into this one. The dry leaves were tiny in size but quite beautiful to look at. Golden tips don’t seem to add much flavor-wise but they certainly look nice before brewing. The taste was wonderfully complex with fruity notes and a deep yet subtle earthiness. I wouldn’t call it malty but there was an interesting grain-like quality that I found very comforting. It was full…

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    Yezi Tea Dragon Well Master Grade Long Jing Green Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale Dragon Well is one of the first teas that I truly fell in love with and I still have a major soft spot for it. I’ve reviewed a few other selections from +Yezi Tea and they set the bar pretty high. Thankfully this tasty green did not let me down. The liquor was fairly pale but it was very aromatic. On an unseasonably warm winter day, it was like a breath of spring in my gaiwan. The taste was smooth and buttery with notes of spinach and chestnuts.…

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    Yezi Tea Qing Pin Black Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 15 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: reddish amber There’s nothing quite like a fine Chinese black tea and this one was an excellent example of that. The dry leaves were quite tiny in size and there were lots of fuzzy golden tips mixed throughout. The taste could only be described as an amalgamation (bet you thought you’d never see that word in a tea review) of some of my favorite teas. Throw together Keemun, Golden Yunnan and just a touch of a really fine Lapsang Souchong and that would probably…

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    Yezi Tea Tie Guan Yin Master Grade

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 45 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: bright gold The taste of this tea was full of the sweet floral notes reminiscent of orchid. The finish was brightly vegetal and very refreshing. It maintained its well rounded flavor without much change in taste or intensity across at least four infusions. Once unfurled the leaves were quite large and leathery in appearance. I actually had to pull some of them out of my gaiwan to leave room for adding water. The mouth-feel was fairly thick and there was hardly any astringency. Overall it was a classic…