Evaluator | Chen, Hsiao-Pu 陳孝溥

Tea Source | Receive directly from the tea maker

Tea Type | Taiwanese Iron Goddess / TieGuanYin 台式鐵觀音

Region | MuZha, Taiwan 台灣木柵

Season | Spring 2020

Cultivar | JinXuan & TieGuanYin Blends

I used a 70ml porcelain Gaiwan and boil tap water in Keelung, Taiwan for the tasting today.

The flavor starts to develop at the second brew. During the first four to five brew, some desirable flavors of a traditional TieGuanYin type of tea can be sensed, which include the warm and soft acidity and aftertaste, the smooth mouthfeel, and most importantly, the flavor of ripe fruits which is caused by the typical TieGuanYin processing technique (roasted before the deblocking 解塊).

While a bit of note of smoked plum or raisins still presents, the performance started to decline at around the sixth brew, which goes to the direction of straw and forest covering with wet leaves.

The test today ended at the ninth brew.

Overall, it is an enjoyable tea and no serious fault common to TieGuanYin type tea is perceived during this tasting, while the character of the tea might not be sophisticated enough to be graded as a premium product.

Besides the mild fruit acidity, the flavor resembling the TieGuanYin cultivar is not obvious to me.

Due to the roasting and oxidation level of the tea, I suspect that I’ll still not be confident to tell by tasting alone whether it is made solely from the TieGuanYin cultivar. From the appearance of the leaves, the tea might be a blend of two cultivars: JinXuan, and either TieGuanYin or TTES #14.

I’m more confident of how JinXuan looks, but TTES #14 and TieGuanYin cultivar can look quite similar. TTES #14 is a very rarely planted cultivar, but can occasionally be seen in northern Taiwan.