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Our Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin (TGY) was plucked in the day before “寒露 (cold dew)”- one of the traditional Chinese Twenty-four Solar Terms . The dry leaves of this tea appear less tender than spring green tea, while it has a richer and long-lasting flower flavor. Compared to TeaVivre's Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea, Zheng Wei TGY has pronounced hint of flower scent rather than greenish flavor. It yields bright yellowish broth with prominent milk and flower scent and tastes refreshing, sweet. This economical tea allows for up to 6 infusions or more.
(Tips: The tea harvested during the period three days before and four days after寒露 (cold dew) day is called “正秋茶” (means autumn tea, this term differs from “早秋茶”，the early autumn tea).
Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin oolong tea has classic flower fragrance, without grassy notes, so it is suitable for those who are in fond of flower flavor.
An Shan tea garden is located in the heart of Anxi Yun Zhongshan nature reserve, at an elevation of 700 - 1200m above sea level. This land enjoys a good reputation of “Green Pearl" because of its cloud-covered mountains and abundant animal and plants resources.
Anxi County lies in the middle by south of Fujian, at 24°51′ N - 25°26′ N, 117°34′E - 118°18′E. Its total area is 2983.1 square kilometers. The environment of Anxi is definitely suitable for planting tea trees. It locates in the subtropical humid climate zone, on the southeast side of Dai Yun Mountain. The average temperature here is about 16 to 20℃, while the annual precipitation is around 1600 mm to 1800 mm. According to the record in “Anxi County Annuals/An Xi Xian Zhi”, the tea production in Anxi began in Tang Dynasty, rose in Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, flourished in last century. It has a history over one thousand years. Anxi was renowned as “the capital of tea in Fujian”. In March, 1995, Anxi was named as the “Home of Chinese Oolong Tea” by Ministry of Agriculture.
Tie Guan Yin belongs to asexual propagation, bush, and medium-size leaf. Leaf is oval, in deep green color, thick but fragile, and the whole leaf is light curve. The margin of leaf is in wave shape. Leaf dent is thin and dull. Buds are purple red. This tree species is weak, poor in stress resistance, has undeveloped root and poor performance of germinating branches. It owns a name of “Tasty but Delicate”. Only a fertile land with qualified trees and appropriate planting method could breeds Tie Guan Yin of high quality and good harvest.
Tie Guan Yin tea is the highest quality form of Chinese Oolong tea. Oolong teas were first developed during the early 1700's in the Fujian area of China. As a cross between non fermented green and white teas, and the fully fermented black teas, that combines the best of both in a single tea, Oolong teas quickly became popular all through eastern China and Taiwan. In the early 1970's Oolong Tea became widely popular in Japan, and from their spread to the rest of the world. Fujian, the home of Oolong tea's, still produces the finest Oolong teas.
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This Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin oolong Autumn edition (picked October 7th, 2016) has a very distinctive aroma and taste, reminiscent of spicy wet spinach. The first infusion (20s, after a 15s rinse) was full of flavor: floral, mineral, spicy, vegetal. There are some floral aftertaste and a nice spiciness. I first brew it in a small 100ml porcelain gaiwan but the big and thick leaves unfold in such a way that I needed to transfer the wet leaves into a 200ml purple clay teapot. The second infusion (40s) was comparable to the first. I waited several minutes for the 3rd infusion, and noticed that I still had a nice aftertaste in the mouth and a warming sensation in my stomach. I also felt nicely relaxed. I bet this tea would work wonderfuly before meditation. Overall, I found this tea very well balanced, and not too floral (too floral of a tea tends to bother my sensitive stomach, not this one). The spiciness and minerality remain in the mouth long after a sip. It definitely leaves a nice trail in the mouth (just like a good perfume does in the nostrils). It is also very smooth. I made 7 steeps (gong fu style), but the last 2 infusions were diluted. Very lovely tea. I only got a sample of this tea, but it’s on my wish list for my next order.
I got this as a sample some time ago and it waited for some time to find the way into my gaiwan. It is good tea, very flowery. I was surprised to see recommended water temperature set on 100 degrees. I went with the somewhat cooler water (90) and I think I made the right choice. I am sorry to see this tea going out of stock.
I am amaze at the number of steeps that the Oolong tea can handle without losing its sense of flavor.Its floral in aroma and taste is most definitely acquired.
This tea is all about the fantastic floral fragrance, which hits you as soon as you open the bag and stays in your cup long after you finish the tea. I used my entire 7g sample in a 120ml teapot, and it gave me over ten steeps. I'm too much of a novice to say how the tea evolved, though I noticed some vegetal and mushroom notes in later infusions. The orchid taste hung around throughout the session, which hasn't been true for some of the other green TGYs I've tried. Despite a greater than usual number of "floaters" in my cup and a tendency to get bitter when steeped according to Teavivre's instructions (which might actually just be due to user error), this tea is a good value and I'd definitely purchase it again.
Beautiful oolong. Packed in vacuum bag, which was new. Bright breen to dark green edgy nuggets with strong orchid aroma. This tea is really floral, not as sweet as the regular TGY, but really good. It has pleasant and buttery mouthfeel and leaves lingering flowery sweet aftertaste. And it lasts for so many steeps! How can you best that. Comparing to the regular TGY and Anxi TGY I think we have the winner. For me this is the best of them all and I will continue stocking this to my teashelf.
Thanks again, Teavivre! The description mentions this one as being more flowery than the Iron Goddess which seems impossible to me, as I adore that oolong. I was already in love with this one at the scent of the rinsed leaves. There is such an ambrosia to this one -- a gorgeous floral flavor. There is also hints of spice to the flavor, a kick to it, which I would prefer wasn't there, since it would be nice if this one just had a full flower flavor. But I don't think it's an overbrewed spiciness, since the flavor was still a sweet syrupy nectar. Perfect for sitting outside and reading with, on this late Spring day. With the second and third steeps, that spiciness has disappeared and smoothed leaving only the explosion of floral flavor. I don't think there could possibly be more flavor, and I think I brewed it perfectly. Is it more flowery than the Iron Goddess? The last harvest I tried, I think it definitely is (though it is fairly similar to the Iron Goddess of a couple years ago). This is definitely the oolong I would want to have in stock! How can tea taste this amazing?!? Harvest: October 2015 Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 16 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 minute steep Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep Steep #3 // just boiled // 1 minute steep
This Oolong was AWESOME! It lasts for many steeps, has a wonderfully buttery mouthfeel, and tastes like being in a garden during spring where everything is blooming. I felt very much like a hummingbird while drinking this tea.
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