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Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: thepuriTea.com’s Ti Kuan Yin Oolong

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The Subject:
Ti Kuan Yin Oolong (“Iron Goddess of Mercy”)

Company:
thepuriTea.com. [More info]


Rating:


Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes (see comments)
Tea type: Oolong
Scents, flavorings added: N/A
Aroma, dry tea leaves: Grassy, hay-like
1st Infusion (in the cup):
Aroma, plain — Lightly grassy
Taste, plain — Mild, grassy, hint of spinach, smooth but not buttery
Aroma, enhanced — N/A
Taste, enhanced — N/A

Additional Infusion(s):
2nd infusion — Planty, grassy, mild, not bitter

3rd infusion — Grassy, mild, not bitter

Comments:
Oolong lovers, another great one for your tea pantry. Thanks, Nav (company owner).

Dry, the tea is in little rolled up “nuggets,” but not so tight that you can’t see the leaf forms and recognize that some of them are the tip leaves and bud. After steeping, you’ll see lots of full leaves, some large pieces, and some two-leaves-and-a-bud pieces.




We followed the package directions, which differ slightly from the Website directions (it says 3-4 minutes steeping time). The 1st infusion was steeped 3 minutes, the 2nd was steeped 4 minutes (a bit too much, should have been 3.5 minutes), and the 3rd was steeped 4 minutes. Each was a pale yellow color.

This is another Oolong that, on the scale between unoxidized green tea and fully oxidized black tea, looks a lot closer to green than black to me. It also smells and tastes closer to a green tea. It’s grassy, smooth (but not buttery), and takes on a mere hint of lilac mixed with that grassiness as it cools.


This tea, like others of such high quality, can be re-warmed and still have a great taste. That’s good tea and good value, especially considering that the “competition grade” of this tea can be quite pricey.


Their packaging of these sample sizes were rather interesting.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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