This is an absolutely lovely Ti Kuan Yin.
The leaves are HUGE! They start out very small and pellet-like, but after infusing a couple of times, they unfurl to like five times their dry size. Therefore I do not recommend steeping this tea in an infuser, steep it loose in a teapot (a Yixing would be best) or use a gaiwan.
The flavor of this Oolong is DREAMY! It is smooth and has a richness to it that reminds me of fresh cream. It is sweet and imparts a soft, almost velvet-like mouthfeel. I get very little astringency from this tea, just a beautiful, creamy flavor and supple texture that makes me feel like I’m floating on a soft, fluffy cloud!
This tea has an incredible sweetness to it that is almost intoxicating. I love how the orchid notes meld with the creamy tones of the tea. I love this tea!
SpecialTeas (now Teavana) described this tea as
Surpassing the quality of most of the commonly available Ti Kuan Yins, this grade from the Chinese Anxi County is a terrific value. Its golden-yellow liquor is smooth and fragrant, carrying a refreshing, fruity aroma as well as the sought-after orchid-like flavor.
As I sip on this tea, I am enchanted by it. It is a bittersweet enchantment, however, since SpecialTeas has closed its doors. I shall miss SpecialTeas, and I will especially miss this tea.