I visited Zhi Tea several months ago on the East side of Austin, Texas.
I decided to go with the Iron Goddess Oolong (Tie Guan Yin), whose leaves looked like a medium oxidation.
The first infusion is always a bit weak, but I could already tell this was more highly fermented than I expected. There was a hint of something that reminded me of a Formosa Oolong. But only a hint.
The second infusion was much more flavourful. It was delicious with a very fruity and vegetal cup. I can feel The Iron Goddess working her magic. A bit darker cup colour and here are the leaves as they continue to expand.
The leaves don’t look that much different for the third infusion here, but they are quite wild coming out of the infuser. The taste the third time around isn’t quite as strong, but still delicious. Every time I drink this tea, I’m reminded of the video Leafbox Tea Called my attention to which you can view by clicking here. There’s definitely still something in these leaves. I’m going for a fourth time.
Although the leaves don’t look that much different, I think I like this infusion the best. There’s something incredibly sweet about this time. Much lighter shade in the cup, but incredibly tasty.
They have quite a selection of different teas, and their attractive tins can be found in many places around the city. Here’s a photo of one of the displays (the black teas) as shown above, and below is Zhi Tea on the East side of Austin, where I sat and drank the tea and wrote this review: