Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Owes its flavors to oxidation levels between green & black tea.

Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 18th, '13, 09:05

Is TKY (and other oolongs) supposed to taste astringent? I tried some at a place here in Melbourne called Oriental Teahouse (they are a chain here in Aus), but despite their name and their boasting of knowledge and their being Chinese owned :!: , they don't seem to be such experts. Their tea always comes in quite big glass infuser cups with very hot water. Could their standard brewing method be the cause of it tasting so astringent that even with 3 drops of stevia it was barely drinkable for me? Or am I just not used to it? :|

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Re: Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby hopeofdawn » Feb 18th, '13, 10:49

Good tie kuan yin shouldn't be astringent, in my experience. If I had to guess, I'd say either it was overbrewed (too hot water and/or too long) or poor quality to begin with. Good tie kyan yin can be magical, though--I'd definitely recommend you give it another try, though perhaps from a different place. :)

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Re: Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby tomasini » Feb 18th, '13, 12:38

So sad that someone brewed (or butchered as it seems) such a beautiful tea and left a bad taste In your mouth.
Good luck with the next cup!!

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Re: Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 18th, '13, 22:19

Butchering is indeed a good word for what they do. You always have to wait some time before their water isn't scalding hot anymore :roll:

What is the average proper brewing temp for TKY?

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Re: Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby tomasini » Feb 18th, '13, 22:21

Me personally, I do around 190/195

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Re: Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby TIM » Feb 18th, '13, 22:37

Boiling rinse, off boiled 1 min around.

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Re: Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby jayinhk » Feb 19th, '13, 00:35

Also depends on if it's roasted, but they're probably serving something greener. Too much heat will definitely bring out astringency in greener oolongs.

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Re: Tie Kuan Yin / "Oriental Teahouse"

Postby Bad Jedi » Mar 1st, '13, 05:10

That depends on grade and brewing parameters.

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