Review: Mountain Tea Medium Roast Tie Guan Yin

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Thumbs up!"A full range of oolong flavors in one cup. "
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mountainmediumtieguanyinI usually know when I'm going to really like a tea by the color of the dry leaf.  Anything on the green end of the spectrum, no matter how exclusive, gets little rise out of me.  But a leaf that is muddy brown or darker prepares me for one of my life's greatest pleasures:   a cup of complex, robust, tea.

This medium, charcoal-roasted Tie Guan Yin served up pleasure in spades.  The knot-like, rolled, leaves appeared as chocolate-roasted just to the point of conversion from green to brown.  The aroma of their brew was floral and fresh.  The creamy, honey, flavor, mixed with toasty, nut-like undertones, was about as satisfying as it gets.

A first place winner at the North American Tea Championship, (an independent contest aimed at identifying the best tasting teas in the North America,) this "Iron Goddess of Mercy" has indeed blessed her producers as well as her drinkers.

Like other roasted oolongs I've experienced, these leaves perform best in boiling water.  Brew time is completely individual.  At one minute, the flavor was predominantly light and honey like.  I liked it best at 5 minutes.  The increased time released more of that subtly smoky, roasted flavor as well as some buttery notes.

Who knows what surprises you'd find if you brewed this for two, three, four minutes...or more?  I would highly recommend finding out.  I agree with the North American Tea judges.  This tea is a winner.  I rate it a 10.

— To purchase Mountain Tea Medium Roast 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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