Saturday, January 18, 2014

Red Leaf Tea: Light Flavor Ti Guan Yin, A Tea Review

I have had a really rough couple of days which has left me drained and frustrated. But don't worry, I won't be boring you with all the details, I will be writing about tea. It is what I do best. I do want to offer a brief apology for my lack of posts the last few days though.

Today I am reviewing Light Flavor Ti Guan Yin number 17 in the 20 tea sampler from Red Leaf Tea. The aroma is very mild, slightly vegetal, with very subtle notes of orchid along with a very delicate hint of roasted aroma at the end. It is a very typical Ti Guan Yin aroma but much more subtle.

Once brewed the aroma becomes much more intense, the orchid becomes sweet and heady and takes on a subtle hint of honeysuckle, it is quite intense. The liquid is sweet and floral like a wonderful mixture of honeysuckles and orchids.

The taste is initially chestnutty with a hint of vegetal that fades to orchids, until the aftertaste. The aftertaste is intensely sweet, like honeysuckle nectar, it leaves the mouth feeling clean and full of nectar sweetness. It was surprising since the initial taste is not very sweet or overwhelmingly floral. As the tea cools the orchid headiness becomes more intense. This tea was full of surprises, the initial aroma was nothing to jump up and down about but after it was brewed it intensified. The initial tasting was nothing spectacular but it faded to sweetness. I certainly enjoyed the surprises in this tea.

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