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We've had Tie Guan Yin Oolong before but this sampler pack from Teavivre surprised us in many ways.
- Name: Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea
- Brand: Teavivre
- Origin: Anxi, Fujian
- Flavor Profile: Fresh floral
- Caffeine Content: Low
- Steeping Time & Temperature: Three to five minutes (in the package, it says three to ten minutes) at 212-degree Fahrenheit (100-degree Celsius) for a 12-ounce (355 ml) teacup for the Western method of brewing. For the Chinese Gongfu way, brew at 212-degree Fahrenheit (100-degree Celsius) for a 3.8-ounce (110 ml) gaiwan.
- Steeping Instructions: Use two teaspoons or 5 grams of tea for the Western method. For gongfu, use 7 grams of tea and steep seven times (15s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 75s,and 85s). Make sure to rinse before starting the first steep.
- Price: Between $2 and $82.90 depending on package size. Smallest size is 14 grams (sample in zip bag). Biggest is 500 grams, which is available in zip bag or tin.
Dry Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea Leaves
What surprised us when we opened the package was the aroma. The dry leaves have a strong floral fragrance (Jasmine) and a deep green color. We could imagine ourselves in a field of flowers on a summer day with this tea. The leaves were also tightly rolled and when you roll them between your fingers, they don't break easily.
Steeped Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea Leaves
For our review, we wanted to make two cups but our sampler pack is just 7 grams — not enough for two cups if we're to follow the instructions.
To make two cups, we used 1.5 teaspoons for an 8-ounce mug and 1 teaspoon for a 6-ounce mug. We steeped the first cup for five minutes and the second cup for ten minutes.
The floral fragrance was really strong even while steeping Teavivre's Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea. Our mugs smelled so good.
One thing to remember when steeping this tea is to use a bigger tea infuser or adjust the amount of leaves you're going to use. You'd be surprised at how big these leaves unfurl. We were! It was a good thing we didn't use two teaspoons of leaves to make tea.
Tea steeped at five minutes with 1.5 teaspoons of Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea leaves
The liquor was pale yellow, although the one that we steeped longer had a darker — almost golden — color. It has a notable floral flavor that lingers at the back of your throat and has a slightly sweet aftertaste.
Although the floral flavor was very obvious, it was not overwhelming. We didn't, however, try a second steeping as the flavor was already light on the first steeping.
Overall Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea Experience
Tea steeped at ten minutes with 1 teaspoon of Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea leaves
We've never had a Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong tea with an aroma that is both strong and delicate. We welcomed the difference. It was amazing! We'd brew a cup just to smell it.
The product information said this is low in caffeine, but it might be a bit higher (?) as we felt like we just had coffee after having it. It put us in a good mood and allowed us to focus on our work — in my case, that's writing this review. Haha! This is an amazing variety that you could drink at any time of the day.
So, is this tea for you? If floral aroma and flavor is your thing, this is definitely for you. Also, if you're into light, flavory tea varieties, this Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea is a must-try.
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