Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 15 seconds
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: greenish yellow
Upon first impression, I just had to squee at the beautiful packaging of this offering from +Tea Descendants. Clean and modern labels combined with a very nice double lidded tin are always something I like to see. I also really liked that the tea inside was packaged in individual vacuum sealed packets. A handy little pamphlet inside gave thorough directions for gongfu preparation. Smooth Floral Touch seems like a most unusual name for tea but in this case I have to say that it was a pretty accurate description. Vegetal notes of sugar snap peas faded into an intense orchid aroma. The mouth-feel was buttery and thick with no dryness or astringency. I lost track of the number of infusions but that alone should tell you that there was a lot of them. There’s nothing quite like a tea with a good story and I was drawn in by Tea Descendants. Their family has been making tea in Hemei Village in Anxi for generations without the use of pesticides. The company was born of a trip to retrace with those roots. Check out the video of their beautiful tea fields below! I must confess to not usually being a fan of Anxi Tie Guan Yin. This tea was a very rare exception to that rule. It isn’t neon green as they are often are now but also not roasted beyond recognition. The company sells a lighter tea as well as a darker version. I’ll definitely have to check those out to see how they compare.