Adagio Teas Ti Kuan Yin Oolong Tea
An Unusual "Green Tea Tasting" Oolong
Summary : A surprising tea, this oolong tea from
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?
And lo and behold, the first one that I pulled up was an oolong tea from
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
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
Tea Information and Brewing Instructions
- Tea Reviewed : Ti Kuan Yin
- Manufacturer :
- Available from :
- Type of Tea : Oolong
- 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
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