Thursday, March 27, 2008

Rishi Tai Guan Yin, Medium Roasted


This is a TGY from Nantou, Taiwan.

Tossing the leaves into a heated pot smells fuckin' great. Thick, toasted honey. The liquor is a crystal clear green.

I've grown tired of brewing oolong gong fu style, hence the purchase of the Fujigata. I think in the end it is important to brew tea the way you like it, whatever feels comfortable and fits your needs, and not to simply mimic another culture's particular style.

I used 4 grams per 8 oz for 4 minutes.

This is really decent, pleasant. The toasted honey I got in the aroma tastes like amber honeysuckle. Bit of a dry mouth feel, but no noticeable astringency. There's an after taste of white grape.


If you brew it like I did, for multiple infusions I recommend increasing you steep time by a minute and a half, one minute if you prefer your tea lighter.

4 comments:

jb said...

"I've grown tired of brewing oolong gong fu style, hence the purchase of the Fujigata. I think in the end it is important to brew tea the way you like it, whatever feels comfortable and fits your needs, and not to simply mimic another culture's particular style."

Could not agree more!

MarshalN said...

A tieguanyin from Nantou? So this is a Taiwanese style tieguanyin? Looks awfully light for that... I'm confused.

The new pot looks nice though. :)

Space Samurai said...

Marshal, you are absolutely right. Check out the new photo. I am embarassed by it, but I got careless, and the photo I posted originally was way off. I fucked up. The new photo is correct, however.

According to the label on the inner bag, this is a Tan Pei Tae Guan Yin.

Anyway, thanks for keeping me honest.

Bill said...

Man, you make it sound like Candy!