Season’s Pick Special Purchase Tie-Guan-Yin from Upton Tea

Special Tie-Guan-Yin (ZO07D) from Upton Tea

My best experience so far with Tie-Guan-Yin, a special type of oolong tea, involved an unknown Chinese brand purchased at an Asian supermarket. That tea, while quite good, was nothing like the kind I recently ordered from Upton Tea. That’s no surprise though because Tie-Guan-Yin varies greatly depending on oxidation level and other processing techniques.

I don’t have a fancy tea kettle with a temperature gauge, so I boiled water and let it sit for 30 seconds, hoping to get somewhere close to the recommended 190°F. I let the leaves steep for about 3 minutes, which resulted in a golden color.

Initially, the Tie-Guan-Yin’s aroma seemed grassy to me, like you would expect from green tea. A few more whiffs revealed a floral fragrance with a little sweetness. True to the description on Upton Tea’s website, the tea had a light, buttery feel on the tongue.

As the third of many oolongs I intend to try, it may be too early to make a final decision about this Tie-Guan-Yin. But I will say this: the tea is light, pleasant, and smooth. Maybe that’s all that matters.

Aroma: Grassy, floral, mildly sweet
Body: Light
Flavor: Smooth, buttery
Color: Gold
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Author: Leo Kapusta

Leo enjoys pursuing his interests in writing, web design, yoga, internet marketing, and denim. Of all the useless degrees he holds, he is most proud of his Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film (Mass Communication Sequence) from the University of Texas at Austin.

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