drank Tie Guan Yin by Heng Xin
333 tasting notes

One of the lightest Tie Guan Yin teas I’ve tried. The liquor comes out almost colorless, and the tea aroma/flavor itself is very subtle, but by no means weak or lacking. The typical TGY fragrance is very pure and consistent with this one, even vibrant.

It’s friendly toward a lot of variations in steep time, water temperature, volume, etc. More mellow and vegetal on the second steep.

The bad news is, I was gifted some of this in China and have no idea where to get more.

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Science writer and a cat that learned to type.

I grew up in a tea-loving family, and tea has always been a part of daily life. I’m still astounded by the amount of tea and teaware back home every time I visit! While I’m most familiar with straight Chinese teas, I’m growing to explore and appreciate other types of tea, including blended and flavored ones. A good blend can reflect the thought and creativity that was put into making it, instead of being too sweet or busy in a way that gives the “genre” a bad rap.

-most black teas (even lapsang)
-most oolongs, especially Fujian teas, baozhong and dancong
-straight white teas

Variable (some are great, some not so):
-most green teas
-tie guan yin
-flavored white teas

90-100: definite repurchase if possible, recommended
80-90: enjoyed, possible repurchase
70-80: fair to good
60-70: fair with some shortcomings
50-60: there’s still a chance I’d take this if it were free
under 50: absolutely not


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