Review: Driftwood Tea Tie Guan Yin

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Thumbs up!"Overall this Tie Guan Yin is a lighter roast and carries about it a buttery finish with floral overtones. Very enjoyable, thinner bodied, and an easy everyday drink to enjoy. Buttery goodness in a cup, I'd give this tea a 8.7. "
Samantha’s Teaview: 8.7/10
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Tie Guan Yin is a very popular Chinese oolong. Typically medium roasted with a sweet floral aroma. Driftwood tea's founder James Henderson Robe comes from a rich background of the culinary arts. He started at culinary school Le Cordon Bleu where he developed a refined palette. From then he became the Dutch Ambassador's Personal Chef.

Driftwood Tea is an online tea company based out of the UK specializing in tea, no blends, no secret concoctions, just plain 'ol tea, the good kind too. I always respect companies like Driftwood, though there is a big market out there for flavored tea blends, nothing can compare to the pure leaf and it's various preparations. It takes a trained palette to pick out the best of the best, and well that's why I'm here writing. I'm learning to do that myself. To develop a palette for tea and to be able to give you as best of an accurate description as I can. I'm sure a few years from now I'll be able to drink this tea and give you a better description, but that's what makes us all unique. My palette is mine, and you may have a different perception of what this tea is.

To start, Driftwood Tea's Tie Guan Yin has a very fresh smell, almost hay-like, very sweet. It was harvested on a small farm in the Chinese province of Fujian in the spring of 2012. I decided to do one brew for this tea, and sample at different brewing times, starting with 30 seconds. I brewed 1 tablespoon of tea at 190 F in 8 ounces of water. At 30 seconds this tea is a pale yellow, it is crisp and has a hint of a smokey taste to it. At 45 seconds the liquor is a bit darker, the taste is almost citrus-y, orange-like. At 2 minutes the roasted flavor comes out, at 4 minutes it has a smooth buttery flavor.

Overall this Tie Guan Yin is a lighter roast and carries about it a buttery finish with floral overtones. Very enjoyable, thinner bodied, and an easy everyday drink to enjoy. Buttery goodness in a cup, I'd give this tea a 8.7.

— To purchase Driftwood Tea 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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