2012 NATC - Traditional TieGuanYin Category - 1st Place
TieGuanYin, translated as “Iron Goddess of Mercy,” is a tea with legendary roots. Tea made from this cultivar’s leaf boasts a flavor that is unique and varied. Some sommeliers claim to detect a faint pine flavor, while others describe a tingling sensation in the mouthfeel as the defining feature of the cultivar. In either case, TieGuanYin is fast gaining popularity in the West as a loose-leaf favorite.
Admire the handsome qualities of this tea; the leaf is a deep forest green with red tinges along the edge and on the stem, indicating oxidization beyond green oolong, yet far from dark oolong. The greenness of the leaf indicates a masterful roast; lower temperature over a longer period of time to prevent leaf burn. Taste TieGuanYin’s characteristic piney note and tingling mouthfeel accompanying peachy flavors, along with the roast-imparted cinnamon cookie flavor that is sure to please even the most particular tea enthusiast.