Another surprise, another difficult decision between sample, 50 grams, or 100, and of course, another insane impulse buy.
The tea was more baked than I expected. Dryleaf aroma is immensely smooth, sweet and nutty, leaning heavy onto chestnut and almond. I more or less followed their guidelines 4-5 grams, 5 oz, and some moderately hot water. I could have upped the heat. Horchata immediately emanated from the cups steam, causing my concern I had this too near my flavored teas. Guanyin, though, smiled on me again and that was just the tea. I steeped it for 3 minutes, 20 seconds letting it open up. The gardenia, butter, and chestnut notes are all apt, and the liquor is light and soft, but creamy and sweet with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in accents. The second brew, some minutes go by, maybe less than the first one as I sip-check and go by smell, is significantly sweeter and leans. Gardenia and honey coat my tongue, and affirm me throwing money at this one.
I didn’t expect a more Dong Ding style kind of Tie Guan Yin, and thought this one would be greener. It still leans more on the green side in the middle, but retains the attention catching florals in tandem with buttery and honeyed aspects of the bake. I do not regret getting 50 grams of this gem, because a high mountain (not Lishan-I was WRONG-READ DAYLON!) Tie Guan Yin is not this easy to find online. The 50 grams tops at $21, which actually is NOT bad at all. I’ve complained about Spirit Tea prices before, and I felt like I paid for what I got this time.
More notes to come of this one indeed.
Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Honey, Nutmeg