Conclusion: This tea wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t purchase it again. The flavor profile did not suit my tastes. Plus, Adagio offers many better tasting teas for less half the price of this Ti Kuan Yin. However, the tea’s complexity makes it a good learning tool for those who want to improve their brewing skills. Every cup of this TKY tasted different. By tweaking water temperature and steep time, I was able to turn down the vegetal and buttery notes (which I dislike), and intensify the tea’s pleasantly orchid-like flavors. I will probably purchase higher grades of Ti Kuan Yin once I have improved my brewing ability. This was an illuminating introduction to TKY, for a reasonable price. In short, Adagio’s Ti Kuan Yin is a good buy for anyone looking to experiment with a complex, green oolong.
I was recently reading some posts on Teachat.com and saw that you are looking for a palate cleanser for your tea tasting.
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It’s good to know you can fine-tune the brewing of a good Tie Kuan Yin and switch between buttery and orchid. Personally, I’d like to try to make it more buttery and vegetal and see if that pleased me as well as the nice orchid taste.