Iron Goddess (Tieguanyin)

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Oolong Tea
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Bitter, Dark Bittersweet, Flowers, Earth
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 34 oz / 1000 ml

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“Iron Goddess” is our traditional-style Chinese oolong. It is light-to-medium oxidized showing some brown coloration on the leaves. This medium-oxidized oolong was the preferred style in China’s domestic tea market before the advent of low-oxidized, greener side oolong. This higher oxidized leaf process yields a full-bodied, sweet oolong with some nuttiness. The leaf is uniformly large, then rolled with stems intact. As the leaves unfurl slowly, the first steep is known for its aroma; subsequent steeps will provide increased taste.

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Oh, num. It’s interesting how my tea phases go. A few months ago I couldn’t get enough of green Oolongs. Then I didn’t want anything to do with them. Now, I’m back to craving them. This hits the spot today. Floral and creamy and sweet. Siiiiiiigh of happiness.

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5 tasting notes

The strong fragrance of the tea is immediately noticeable upon taking the first sip. The tea as an initial bitterness, however this quickly gives way to a lingering, bittersweet flavor when swallowed.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Bittersweet, Flowers

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10 tasting notes

I wanted this one to be a good standby cost effective oolong. I was rather disappointed. The earthy flavor was over powering and hid any typical oolong notes.

Flavors: Earth

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Very light in color, earthy, and no astringency. I got this as part of the oolong sampler to give the oolongs a try— all part of my tea education. I’m not sure I’ll ever want an oolong tea for my “breakfast tea”, but it would be lovely later in the day.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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12 tasting notes

Light in color, with a pretty strong earthy taste and aroma. The second steep is much sweeter, and very good. Also pretty forgiving if you steep the tea a bit too long.

Silk Road Teas doesn’t seem to sell this Oolong on its own, but has it as a part of their Oolong sampler, which I would strongly suggest to anyone who wants to get more into oolong teas.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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