Teavivre sample day! Fifteen packets to try. Hooray!
Teavivre's Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong. I used the whole sample in a large vessel and brewed up the first 8 ounces in one steep using my Smacha Auto-Brewer system, and it is very creamy, tangy, crazy-floral and perfect in my new tall sixteen ounce borosilicate glass. I am enjoying trying teas in this large glass for the first time today, and the glass allows me to see the clarity of the brew in a way I might have missed with a gongfu brew in a small vessel. For a first brew this is very good, and is certainly something I would call full-bodied, more so than many TGY's I've had. Perhaps my 'grammage' unmeasured is the reason why. I assume it is at least 7-8 grams! I could' bear to wait a moment longer to brew some tea as my kitchen was off-limits for nearly two hours with a handyman under my kitchen sink( yes,adorable middle-aged butt-crack in view) and I couldn't get to my kettle.
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
Anxi, Quanzhou, Fujian
Oolong tea, Tie Guanyin
Oct. 7th, 2015
curled, bold, sand green
light flowery fragrance
clear, light yellowish
light sweet, smooth and soft
Tie guan yin tea plant
An Shan high mountain ecological tea garden
Partially fermented tea
about 16-25 mg/ Cup
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated