Tiegyuanyin; or, Iron Goddess of Mercy – harvested this spring in Anxi County, Fujian Province, China.
I'll start by saying this tea is amazing. The aroma of the dry leaf is buttery, citrusy, floral, and slightly grassy. The flavor is much like the aroma: citrus, butter, apples, flowers, with a vegetal base and a really enjoyable astringency. A nice viscous feeling in the mouth, with a lingering sweet fragrance, and an intensely relaxing energy.
This tea–among others–comes to me via @tong_xin_she. Mr. Li Huarong had contacted me, and asked if I would be interested in trying his teas at no cost. I believe his goal is to start marketing directly to the west, and he's in the beginning stages of networking. He comes from Wuyishan in Fujian, from a tea farming family, and recently opened his own teahouse in Shenzhen, Guangdong. Check his page out, because he posts a lot of interesting and informative content.
Obviously, I had no idea what to think of this tea before trying it, but I'm pleasantly surprised at how good it is.