Tie Guan Yin tea is a type of Oolong tea, and is – deservedly – one of the most revered and sought after type tea in China. Sometimes also written as Ti Kuan Yin or Iron Goddess Oolong Tea. Apart from its amazing taste, this tea also has great health benefits, being high in amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Oxidized to a moderate 35-40%, this oolong is made from the true Tie Guan Yin tea bush cultivar. Our Tie Guan Yin offers a contemporary, bright floral taste and less of the 'peat-like' flavor profile found in some Tie Guan Yin oolongs. It also shies away from similarity to highly-oxidized, dark-brown-in-color, traditional-style roasted oolongs. The roasted style semiball-rolled oolongs have always been more popular in China, Malaysia and Taiwan, while the modern greener-style is more popular with tea drinkers in the West, particularly Germany, Canada, and the US.
Tie Guan Yin Clear & Fragrant-style oolong can be enjoyed over the course of many short steepings. The infusions will vary, initially being clear and light, then becoming very rich and mouth-filling before finally returning to an aromatic, clear infusion. The expertly-crimped leaves will swell and open fully, exposing the whole leaf, showing off the lovely crimson-tinged edges of the authentic Tie Guan Yin leaf. The leaf will not open much during the first true steeping, but will then open quickly - even if you do not apply the second amount of water right away. The leaves will unfurl anyway - like magic! Once they are open they will remain this way with all their surface area exposed for future steepings. You should expect at least 8 steepings and may even receive more depending on the amount of time of steeping. With an oolong as flavorful as this, we prefer many short steepings with their subtle flavor and aroma changes. But this Tie Guan Yin will steep long - try it several different ways to find out how you prefer it.
◆ Tip: Oolongs are traditionally ‘rinsed' before being steeped. This is done with a quick application of hot water that is poured over the tea in the gaiwan or teapot and then immediately discarded. The rinse water is not drunk - its purpose is to help the leaves to begin to open. Use additional, appropriately-heated water for the 1st steeping and subsequent re-steepings.
◆ Origin: Anxi, which is famed in Fujian (China) for producing the best Tie Guan Yin teas, and is in an area with a mix of mountains, forests, small creeks and quality tea gardens. As the origin of Tie Guan Yin, the tea producers in this area strongly recognise the importance of the ecology to their tea, and work hard to preserve both the local tea culture and natural environment.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: Leaves are hand made into small, rolled up, jade colored balls. Aroma is light with fragrant notes. This tea has a very sweet, appetizing honey-life fragrance, taste and finishing. The sweet aftertaste will linger on in your mouth after a few sips. Good for multiple infusions.
◆ Notes & Well Being: Oolong teas are often very sophisticated in their aroma and flavor, and enjoy a well-deserved reputation as such, as well as for their many health benefits. And there are some weight-loss bonuses to oolong, above and beyond tea's natural fat-burning mechanisms.
Dose of tea
1 tsp. for 6 oz cup
185°F - 195°F
3 - 4 Minutes