Review: Canton Tea Co. Tie Guan Yin

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Thumbs up!"In addition to the prominent flowery flavor, there was also an unexpected creaminess present. It is not that the tea's texture was creamy but rather that there was this buttery-like flavor that gave the impression of a creamy tea. "
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californiatiguanuingIt seems that I can never tire of oolong, and nor can I tire of the many types of oolong available. Today I had the pleasure of sampling Anxi Tie Guan Ying (Iron Buddha) oolong from Canton Tea Co., a tea company which specializes in Chinese tea. This particular sample is a Fall 2008 harvest and hails from the Fujian province. The leaves of this tea are various dark shades of green and are tightly rolled into pellets. The dried leaves are not overly fragrant, but there is a hint of flowers present. When brewed, this tea is a lightish green-brown color who's flowery notes are much more pronounced. I personally prefer the nuttier oolongs to the flowery oolongs, so after smelling this one, I wasn't expecting to be too impressed. However, even though this tea is definitely a floral oolong, I still found it to be quite tasty. In addition to the prominent flowery flavor, there was also an unexpected creaminess present. It is not that the tea's texture was creamy but rather that there was this buttery-like flavor that gave the impression of a creamy tea. There was also a nice sweet fruit-like flavor that seemed to bring everything together. This tea held up well to a second infusion, with the second infusion being a little less floral and a bit sweeter. This was a smooth-drinking tea and I will certainly enjoy the remainder of my sample. Canton Tea Company appears to cater to customers in the U.K., so I am not sure if I would be able to order from them, but this is a tea I would recommend.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Tie Guan Yin, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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