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Adagio Teas Ti Kuan Yin Oolong Tea Review

An Unusual "Green Tea Tasting" Oolong Tea

Summary : A surprising tea, this oolong tea from Adagio Teas tastes quite a bit different from other oolong teas. This tea has a "green tea taste" to it. The taste itself is pleasant and enjoyable...but probably not what people will be expecting from a oolong tea!

Review : Well, a cold front from Montana is suppose to move in tonight...bringing snow and very cold weather to the usually pleasant Washoe Valley of Nevada. Bummer...as I don't much care for cold weather. And so to "get in the mood" for the cold weather to come, I started digging through my tea selection for a tea to try...sort of in a mood for an oolong tea, why...I have no idea. I just was...ok?

Ti Kuan Yin Oolong Tea Leaves

And lo and behold, the first one that I pulled up was an oolong tea from Adagio Teas called Ti Kuan Yin, which is considered a premium oolong tea.

When I popped the top of the sampler I had I was rather surprised, to be very truthful. The tea smelled much more like a green tea than other oolong teas I've tried. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, obviously, just very surprising.

Here is the description of this tea as provided by Adagio Teas : "Oolong tea from the Fujian province of China. In Mandarin, Ti Kuan Yin means 'iron goddess of mercy,' a name derived from local legend. This tea is arguably the finest of Chinese oolongs, with competition-grade varieties selling for thousand of dollars a pound. Upon sampling dozens of samples, we have selected this tea as the finest we have seen this year. We hope you agree with our decision. And will give our exquisite 'Ti Kuan Yin Trio' a try."

Once brewed, this tea can easily fool the uninitiated. How so? Simple...once brewed this tea looks like a green tea! The brewed tea has a light green color to it, looking remarkably similar to other quality loose-leaf pure green teas.

And the flavor matches this color too. Indeed, I'll be honest and say that if I didn't know that this was a oolong tea before trying it, I would have been hard pressed to identify this tea as an oolong tea at all. To put it bluntly, this tea just tasted like a loose-leaf green tea, complete with the typical "green tea after-taste," too.

Overall, if you like oolong tea and are in the mood for "something different," then by all means, give this tea a whirl. However, if you are expecting a "traditional oolong tea" taste, then find something else to try, as you'll get a big and probably not entirely pleasant surprise when you give this tea a try.

Recommendation : Yes. This is not my favorite oolong tea...not by a long shot...as if I want to have a "green tea" I'll brew up a real gree tea. Yet, the flavor of this tea is hardly bad...just very different and very surprising. I personally found this tea tasted too much like a "odd green tea" for me to truly like it...but that's just me.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Ti Kuan Yin
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : Oolong Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose Leaf
  • Date of Review : January 7th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Use 1.5 teaspoons of leaves per cup, due to large leaf size. Pour 6-7 ounces of water heated to boiling over leaves. Let brew for 5 minutes.

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