Results: A wonderful everyday tea with extraordinary floral notes. Reasonable pricing and fast availability of this fine oolong make it worth keeping in your cupboard for everyday use.
Vendor: Golden Moon Tea
Tea: Tie Guan Yin
Origin: unfortunately Golden Moon Tea does not provide any sourcing information
Tasting: 11gram / 190°/ 10oz / 20-25-30-40-45 (seconds per infusion)
Gong-Go Gear: Brewmaster by TIESTA TEA (get yours from my Amazon affiliate link)
Average number of infusions: 5
Exploring new teas from all over the world is exciting and fun. Waiting for them to arrive in the mail – not so much. For that reason I’ve made it part of my mission here at Tea Gong-Go to not only introduce you to rare teas you may never have heard of but also introduce you to vendors that can keep you stocked with quality tea in just a few days rather than the weeks it can take to get something from Asia.
Golden Moon Tea’s has become such a vendor for me.
I recently finished a sample and immediately reordered Tie Guan Yin. I’ve also added it to my keep in stock list. Not that I don’t always have a bunch of tea samples around, but sometimes I just want a cup of tea and don’t have the time to record a special sample for my blog.
The exceptional orchid and rose notes, reasonable pricing, and fast availability of this oolong are worth keeping in your cupboard for everyday use. I wasn’t that impressed with the dry nose as I was the flavor. It smelled a bit medicinal to me and I have to wonder if the tin its packed in may be the cause. Regardless, it tastes nothing like it smells. The first three infusions were the best and the reason for the everyday rating with only five recommended infusions.
A bit medicinal with hints of camphor & tin
Beautiful uniform green nuggets
Golden yellow with a delicate spring flower bouquet
Lucious floral with notes of orchid and rose
Creamy and luscious
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
the moment I tasted it I knew it was a winner. The delicate rose finish had me sold
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
More orchid but just as lovely
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
A fainter touch of rose and carnation with green grass
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