The Persimmon Tree Compassion (Tie Guan Yin)

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark greenish brown, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: amber

The first thing that struck me about this tea was its strong roasted aroma. The taste was slightly floral and sweet with a pleasant nuttiness that echoed the toastiness I initially picked up on. It made for a very comforting cup, akin to what I might feel with a genmaicha. The finish was surprisingly crisp and almost cooling but there was no bitterness. My second infusion was just as delicious and I could tell that the leaves definitely had a lot more to give. This would be an excellent tea for someone who isn’t a fan of very green oolongs. I love high roasted oolongs  because they can be very forgiving. Whether prepared gongfu style in a gaiwan or in an infuser basket on the go, you still get a great cup of tea. I’ve noticed that this is the case with most of the teas that I have tried from The Persimmon Tree. They have all been very “user friendly” teas that don’t require a precise brewing. This makes them great for beginners or places like the office where conditions are not necessarily ideal.

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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.