I finished off of what I had of this tea. To think that I raved about how Guanyin visited me the first time I tried it in a delirious slew of gong fu and grandpa brewing in my dorm room. I’ve graduated from MSU with a degree in Social Studies ed. with a history ed. minor, and I wait for placement for student teaching.
Guanyin needed to visit me again. I brewed this in a triangular tea pot and brewed it over and over. I did not time it precisely, but I sprinkled a little bit of water in my tea cup to test it, then decided when to pour it based on the color and taste of the liquor. I went for a fragrant aroma and a very light, lemon chiffon yellow. The florals were popping and so bright that it made me think of cucumber and hops, and they changed with every brew. I believe that this tea is also used for Spirit Tea Co., which used “Notes of Honeysuckle, Cucumber, and Fresh Hops.” in their description. I happen to agree with that description for the most part, but the honeysuckle was more of a strong background with a different floral in the front. They did not mention the watercress refreshing quality it also had, nor its heady lightness. It’s somewhat creamy in texture, but it has a rising green quality that was almost eucalyptus-ish for me-though I would not said it had that flavor. The cucumber thing got stronger over time, almost becoming overwhelming at brew 8 after three minutes.
I’ve come far and have so much farther to go. I wait anxiously for placement so that some semblance of a career can finally begin as I wait for a new gaiwan and two new oolongs from a company that has intrigued me. I’m also very close to trying THE O DOR, but I also need to save what money I have left over for a good daily drinker oolong. I know now that Tie Guan Yin is not the daily drinker I am looking for, but it is one that I will never shun if it comes my way.