Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Teavivre
This year, the tea is made of fresh tea leaves in higher quality, and is produced in better place with better crafting method.
When mentioned Anxi County, people will spontaneously think of Anxi Tie Guan Yin, “Iron Goddess”. It is well-known both inland and abroad. This Tie Guan Yin is close to forest green in color, has a pure aroma. Meanwhile the liquid of this Oolong tea is transparent and bright, which truly is a feast to the eyes. In taste, this Tie Guan Yin has sweet flavor, long-last fragrance and comfortable sweet aftertaste.
Learn more about this tea here.
I know that I’ve said it before, but it’s something that bears repeating: Teavivre has some of the very finest teas that I’ve ever tasted! There’s a simple reason why it’s one of my favorite tea companies: their teas are top-notch!
And this Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong is no exception! This is lovely.
Having tried their Nonpareil Anxi Yun Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong a couple of months ago, I found myself wondering how this tea would differ. I was able to spot one big difference immediately upon opening the package and examining the leaves. The dry leaf for this tea is bright, emerald green while the Anxi Yun Xiang TieGuanYin were darker in color: greenish brown!
That’s because the Anxi Yun Xian is a roasted Oolong and this hasn’t been roasted. The roasting process seems to cut some of the floral notes and they become more of a roasty-toasty, nutty flavor. I like both teas.
To brew this tea, I used my gaiwan and measured a bamboo scoop of leaves into the bowl of the gaiwan. Then I added enough water (heated to 180°F) to cover the leaves. I let them steep for 15 seconds and discarded the water (this is the rinse). Then I filled the gaiwan and let the tea steep for 45 seconds for the first infusion. I strained the tea into my cup and then repeated the process, adding 15 seconds onto the next steep. I combine the brewed liquid of two infusions for each cup – so my first cup was infusions 1 and 2. My second cup was infusions 3 and 4. You get the picture, right?
The sweet floral notes here are really nice. They aren’t sharp, they’re soft and sweet. Orchid with notes of vanilla! That’s how I’d describe this first cup. It’s sweet and creamy, but not creamy like a milky type of creamy or a buttery type of creamy. This is distinctly vanilla! So smooth and sweet and yummy!
The second cup has stronger, more defined orchid notes with less of a creamy, vanilla tone. The flavors are a more focused. The description on the Teavivre website says:
Tastes fresh and lovely. The fragrance of orchid will be tasted from first sip. It feels clean and mellow in mouth, has sweet aftertastes and long-lasting flavor.
I think that this is especially true of this second cup. The orchid was immediately identifiable. With the first cup, I noticed the strong, creamy characteristics first. Now, the creaminess has tapered somewhat and I’m tasting the fresh, beautiful flavor of orchid. It’s a strong and forward flavor, but I like that it’s not too sharp tasting.
The third cup was almost identical to the second cup, with a beautifully perfumed cup with notes of orchid, light creamy notes in the background. Sweet and mellow! I am loving the orchid notes in this tea because they never get particularly sharp, they stay mild and lovely. A real pleasure to sip.
This is a really lovely TieGuanYin. If you’re a lover of Oolong teas that is looking for a top notch TieGuanYin – you really should try this one. It’s truly a remarkable tea.