Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tie Guan Yin, An Xi, Fujian, China
Out of 5.
Overall - 4
Primary Flavors - 4
Secondary Flavors - 3 1/2
Aroma - 4 1/2
Finish - 3
Temperament - 4

Another of the Taiwanese batch from Tea Masters, this was a full-bodied, oxidized Oolong with a pleasant flavor.

The tea came in tighter, dark shapes, looking almost like a Pu-erh or other aged black tea. I had a small emvelope that held enough for 4 pots, and I found that the more tea per pot the more it brought out the wood and stone primary flavors. A dark brown liquor hinted at the acidic finish, but it was not unpleasant, and countered the "fallen tree" wood tones nicely. In a darker brew a strong tea leaf flavor came through, rare in a more oxidized tikuanyin. Like the other Taiwanese variety I give it high marks for the basics, but in the end I am left uninspired. It's a competent pot of tea that is difficult to find a flaw in, but not exotic or daring.