|"With it's bright floral tones and rich buttery feel, it's pretty much the epitome of what a good Tie Guan Yin should be. Definitely recommended!
I followed the instructions provided for “European style” brewing, infusing 3 grams of tea (about a heaping teaspoonful) in 8 ounces of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. The cup is a delicate pale gold hue. It's aroma is a fragrant mixture of honey, lilac and rose. Taking a sip, the top notes are buttery and mineral. What follows is very sweet, featuring stone fruit as well as floral notes. The aftertaste lingers pleasantly on the tongue. The feel of this tea is very rich and creamy, bordering on syrupy.
Driftwood recommends steeping subsequent cups one minute more each time. So I brewed the leaves again for 3 minutes. The top notes are slightly rougher and more mineral this time. The buttery aspect of the tea is now noticeable all the way through the sip, making the flavour profile a bit less sweet. Otherwise my second cup is very similar to the first.
After 4 minutes, steep number 3 is more mineral still. A touch of bitterness has developed. The delicate fruit and flower notes of the finish are pleasant enough but it's clear that the leaves are fading at this point.
I have been consistently impressed by the quality of Driftwood's teas. This is another winner. It's decadent, filling, heavy yet light. With it's bright floral tones and rich buttery feel, it's pretty much the epitome of what a good Tie Guan Yin should be to my taste. Definitely recommended!
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