I’ve had this tea for a while now, and I’ve also wanted to make a steepster review for a while, so this one will be my first!
I’ve had a lot of really solid oolongs from What-Cha, as he is the seller from whom I made my first three “true tea” orders. Wonderful vendor by the way, always sends a nice handwritten note and a free sample.
Onto this Tie Guan Yin, the first of its kind I’ve tried. It is a very nice tea. The last two or three times I’ve had it, I’ve brewed it Gongfu, but it also worked really well Western style. Today, I used a fair amount of tea, enough to fill my 120ml gongfu up to the brim when expanded. I also used F203 degree water whereas in the past I’ve used the suggested 194. I like these parameters as it makes for a stronger brew (obviously) and the taste was not much more dimensional when I used cooler water so I think it was an improvement. The taste profile is very nice—light, fresh, with a hint of spinach underneath the sour vegetation taste. Overall, a crisp and enjoyable experience. Not much evolution over brews, I’m on the fifth now and the lighter notes have been taken over by generally a lower EQ version of the taste with which the tea began. Recommended.
Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, warm grass