Serious need of a boost today! Too drained to even preface the blog post with something mildly interesting. Help me tea!
Dry: Woodsy, green, slightly floral and a bit sweet. The leaves are sticky. They almost look kind of candied.
Brewing: Wabi Sabi Teapot, one sample pack per 8oz water, 212*F, 1m30s
Aroma: Woodsy, vegetal, honeyed. It’s ever so slightly floral. Almost hard to find the floral.
Flavor: I don’t think I’ve ever had a flavored TGY before and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. My initial thoughts are that I like it, so that’s a good start. I taste the TGY – a little woodsy, a little vegetal… not getting any floral notes though. Well, I do… but they’re hard to find. The floral notes were minimal in the aroma and have even less presence in the liquor. I also taste the honey, which is I think what’s masking the floral bit. The honey really gives it a warmer taste and thicker texture. Not quite syrupy, just thicker, heavier. The honey texture is left lingering on the tongue and the aftertaste is pleasant.
On the second steep it’s not as sweet. The standard TGY flavors are more dominant with the honey as a softer accent.
Hmm. I will have to come back to this one after trying the other sample packet.
What: Organic Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea with honey by Teavivre
Type: Oolong, Flavored, Organic
Cost: $13.90/1.75oz ($7.95/oz)
Cost per Cup:
Tea Score: 83 – Good TGY with a nice balance between the tea and honey flavors.
Cupboard Score: 68 – While the tea is good, I can’t see myself paying $7.95/oz for it. I think between this and their other TGY I tried, I would probably reach for the other TGY first. Beyond that, if I wanted to add honey, I could add it by hand from my own organic honey stash.