Hi, I’m Little Yellow Teapot. I’ve been helping my humans steep tea for awhile now but the time has come to step out in front and start writing about my tea explorations along with the “Tea Gang” (we’re friendly).
Have teas you want to appear here? Let my humans know. But for awhile we won't be able to accept more samples for review. Our backlog is rather big.
My humans moved us all to a new location. Here the mail gets delivered to the front porch, not to a box on a post at the street. Much safer this way, plus the porch protects packages from rain, etc. So now we can accept shipments of tea samples via FedEx and UPS. Email us for the address if interested.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Review: The English Tea Store’s Tie Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong Tea
The liquid retains characteristics of green tea, that is, a grassy quality, yet also has gained fruity and woodsy/smoky characteristics due to the amount of fermentation that the tea leaves were allowed to undergo before the process was stopped.
We did 3 infusions. The first and second were best, with no bitterness, and a lightly grassy taste (that gets stronger as the liquid cools) accompanied by a fruity/woodsy/smoky quality (hubby thinks it’s peachy/apricotty). The third was too weak. I think that is because we started out with too little dry tea leaves. We used 1.5 tsps in 2 cups of water. Start with 2 full tsps in 2 cups of water. You might have a bit of bitterness in the first infusion, though.
All around, this Oolong is one to keep on hand when the Oolong urge strikes. It’s appropriate (at least, for us) with such Fall favorites as baked squash. (See Little Yellow Teapot’s buddy Little Yellow Squash posing with him.)
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.