Known as the high-end form of Chinese oolong teas, tie guan yin tea's flavor and aroma can be compared with black tea. The best part? Unlike black tea, which is highly fermented, tie guan yin tea is just lightly fermented. It has high levels of antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins.
Today, we'll be comparing Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea from Teavivre and TGY Oolong from Summit Tea Co.
Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea Leaves
Teavivre's "Iron Goddess" oolong tea has bright leaves while Summit Tea Co.'s TGY Premium Oolong has darker leaves. There's very little difference in the size of the dry leaves. But once we've steeped them, Teavivre's leaves unfurled beautifully and are much bigger than Summit Tea Co.'s
Teavivre has an intense floral aroma (Jasmine) while Summit Tea Co's has a sweet, nutty aroma with some floral notes.
Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea
Teavivre's Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea has a light yellow color with strong floral aroma while Summit Tea Co.'s TGY Premium Oolong tea is a shade or two darker than Teavivre's. It has an earthy aroma with a hint of sweetness and fruity notes.
Teavivre's flavor and aroma are very soothing. It put us in a very relaxed mood. Summit Tea Co's Tie Guan Yin tea has a different effect on us, probably because it has a stronger flavor than Teavivre.
As a tie guan yin tea lies between black tea and green tea, it's quite interesting to note that these two varieties are very different from each other. One exhibited characteristics that are often associated with black tea while the other has characteristics that are often associated with green tea. We feel that Teavivre leans more toward the green tea side of TGYs while Summit Tea Co leans more toward the black tea side.
Between the two, we preferred Teavivre's Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong tea.
To see our past reviews of Teavivre's and Summit Tea Co.'s Tie Guan Yin tea, you may check out these links: