Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Aftelier Perfumed Teas
Monkey-picked Tie Guan Yin oolong tea starts with a roasted-rice aroma and finishes with a fruity taste, blending beautifully with the refined Turkish rose and warm fresh ginger. These rolled leaves provide up to 4 infusions.
Oh … WOW! This tea is absolutely dreamy! Like some sort of euphoric dream that’s been scented with roses and ginger and even a hint of smoke. That’s not only what it smells like, it’s what it tastes like too!
It’s amazing! The sip begins with an introduction from the rose. It is a sweet and almost intoxicating rose flavor that is not bitter, it’s not even what I would consider to be sharp. It is a distinct rose flavor, but, at the same time, it is unlike the rose flavors that I’ve experienced in teas before.
Shortly after your palate has become acquainted with the rose, a smooth yet smoky note from the Ti Quan Yin Oolong comes through and imparts its silky texture. The smoky flavor is not at all off-putting, rather, it seems to unite perfectly with the rose and the ginger to create a complete flavor experience.
The ginger comes in next, and this is not a strong, peppery kind of ginger, but rather, an almost sweet note of warm spice. It doesn’t taste hot or spicy, just mildly warm and enchanting. The sip finishes with a slightly drying astringency, and the aftertaste lingers with the perfumed flavor of rose and whispers of ginger.
This tea is absolutely lovely. Words cannot even begin to adequately describe just how lovely it truly is! It is a tea that must be experienced to appreciate fully. What a delight!