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Many years ago a friend from China sent me a package of various teas tha were favorites of his father. One was a dark roasted Tie Guan Yin. It was amazing. None of the other Tie Guan Yin teas I tried over the years measured up. I started thinking it was me trying to compare subsequent samples to a dream or feeling rather than the actualflavor of that fabled package of tea, until now. The Tie Guan Yin I recently received from West China Tea thoroughly met my expectations and exceeded them. Delicious, rich tea with so many dark nuances that any word, or words, I conjure seems completely inadequate.
I nearly jumped from my seat when I first smelled this aroma- do they make roasted tie guan yin candles? This was such a treat that I had to immediately go back and order a bigger quantity. I would consider an endless supply of this as one of my hypothetical genie wishes.
I want to preface the review with the fact that I’m mostly a wuyi guy when it comes to oolongs but there was a discount I couldn’t refuse so I bought this. Boy was it a good idea. The tea is super sweet but not disgustingly so. When you’re drinking it’s like a hazelnut coffee from a third wave store. And this is one of the most bang for your buck teas too, I got 12 steepings but easily could’ve gotten more. Can not recommend this tea enough not to mention how special of a find it is. If you like toasty caramel, hazelnut coffee or even just one of those flavors, this is a must have.