The Mandarin’s Tea Room 2009 Anxi TiKwanYin Selected Grade
*Disclosure: This tea was given to me as a gift by the vendor, without any payment and without any expectation of review.
On my way out the door of my visit to The Mandarin’s Tea Room, Tim handed me a small sample of what I believe to be is this tea. I’m fairly certain, for I absolutely adore the appearance of this tea as dry leaf. The balled leaves look like small rough emeralds, with dazzling bright green edges and veins and dark black green leaves, all neatly curled and tucked into compact forms, true tea gems.
Tim blogged about this tea earlier this year and we had it when I visited last month, so my breadth with this particular tea is above average, for not owning any vast stock of it. It’s a vivid example and while I know that my brewing of the tea was not on par with Tim’s, I still found it delectable, full of warm floral-scented breath and a creamy, rich custard-like texture. That eggy greenness was more apparent this time, having worked through that particule flavor profile with Tim the time before.
In my own brewing, I found a delicious foible for morning brain fog and a light, airy blossom scent in the gaiwan and from the top of the cup. Thanks Tim.