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

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Hi there! I’m Drew from northeastern USA. At 21 years old, I’m slowly aging into a decent raw hu’man. Since first getting into “true tea” in 2016, it has become a staple of my life. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, but when I drink tea the frequency of both drops dramatically. Tea is a wonderful way to meditate, enjoy the energies of the world, and to become present in the moment.

Generally, I think I’ll try to stick to these rating parameters:

91-100: Absolutely incredible. Best taste and energy from any tea I’ve had. (NB: I feel like I haven’t had enough teas to put any I have had into this category quite yet)

81-90: I need to buy this stuff in bulk, because I’m in love with it. The flavor/energy combination is close to perfect.

71-80: I really enjoyed it, but something was lacking.

61-70: Not bad, but not mind-blowing either. I may not drink this specific varietal again, but I likely want to try other kinds of this tea.

51-60: Meh… I’ve given this tea multiple chances, and it’s not for me. Not offensively bad, and I recognize that some people may like it, but it wasn’t for me.

0-50: Yikes. You should consider not buying this.

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