Liu Family Tie Guan Yin Green Tea Cake Review

I’ve never tried a green version of Tie Guan Yin tea before so this should hopefully be interesting.

Tea Specifications

Brand: Verdant Tea / Liu Family
Tea: Tie Guan Yin – Green
Tea Varietal: Tie Guan Yin
Vintage: May, 2020
Elevation: 700 Meters
Origin: Longjuan, Anxi, Fujian

The tea coin weighs about 7 grams and appears to be very, very compressed.

Tie Guan Yin Green Tea
Liu Family Tie Guan Yin Green Tea Cake


I brewed the whole 7 gram tea coin in a small glass pitcher which holds 1 medium gaiwan worth of water.

I don’t have any spring water on hand so I am using distilled water.

I gave the tea a 10 second rinse under hot water and discarded the rinse.

First Steep

Steeped for 35 seconds.

This is so light I can barely taste it, but there is certainly some essence of tie guan yin there.

The tea cake has not unfurled at all and the tea soup is very light in color.

It almost looks and tastes like normal water.

Second Steep

Steeped for 45 seconds

It brewed a little darker this time, but not by much.

Very light, mild green tea flavor, with more bitterness then I was expecting.

I’m not sure if this green tea has simply lost it’s freshness (it’s a little over a year since harvest date), or if it’s simply low-quality, but I am not impressed by this tea. That being said, I’ve never had a green tea version of Tie Guan Yin before, so I suppose it could be possible that this is simply what it is like.

Third Steep

Steeped for 1 minute.

This steep has some flavor reminiscent to Tie Guan Yin, but without those darker notes.

Notes of vegetation, grass, orange blossom honey, and a moderate bitterness.


I hate to say it, but I didn’t find this to be a great tea.

I am not sure, but perhaps they should stick to Tie Guan Yin oolongs.

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