Happy December 1st! You know what that means? Only 18 more teaching days before my 2 week staycation! Woohoo! Yes, we are ‘counting down’ at work and we are SO ready for a break… even an unpaid one!
Speaking of breaks… I’ve been craving a tea-break all day, but haven’t had one… so it’s time to do something about that! It’s still early, and I have some work to do at the computer, so I want something strong and powerful and inspiring to get me through the next couple of hours. I think this Ti Guan Yin from teageeks looks fresh and inviting, so let’s go with that!
The crisp little balls are a dark emerald green and the aroma is amazing! It smells like a floral, fragrant Ti Guan Yin, but with a deeper, more earthy base and a rich, lemony citrus finish. This is no light, floaty, drifting up into the clouds Ti Guan Yin! This smells like a firmly earthbound, rooted in dirt, secret, ancient lemon grove Ti Guan Yin! And I haven’t even tasted it yet!
I steep 1 tsp in my bloggy froggy teapot for 35 seconds. The tea is a lovely, light yellow, and smells like cream and flowers. I didn’t do a rinse, and now I think I should have. The flavour isn’t very saturated at this point. It’s nice, light, floral, fragrant, with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. There is a hint of citrus in the finish, but not as strong as the dry-leaf suggested. I wonder if the second cup will be more potent.
I leave the second one for about a minute and it’s a wee bit darker yellow. Ahhhh… this one is more saturated and it leaves a bit of that awesome citrus-y perfume in my mouth. That’s the little kick I was looking for! It’s still not as strong as some other Ti Guan Yin I’ve had, but maybe it’s a little more refined. The pure, clean taste is refreshing and delightful!
I steep cup number three for 3 minutes. I want to see what happens with a longer steep. The floral flavour is still there, but the lemony citrus flavour is quite faded. Even after 3 minutes, there is no bitterness at all, but there is a tiny bit of astringency.
This tea is really surprising! It smells strong and citrus-y, but the flavour is lighter and more delicate than I imagined. That’s not a bad thing… it was really lovely! Maybe I will drift up into the clouds after all!