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Name: Tie Guan Yin Tea (loose leaf Oolong Tea)
Other Name: Ti Kuan Yin, Tit Kwun Yum, Ti Kwan Yin, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva
Origin : Anxi, Fujian Province, China
Grade : C
Rating : ★★★
Net Weight: 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
Storage : stored in a dry place and no direct sunshine
Packaging：We will use sealed, tin-foil packaging. It can keep fresh a long time
Suggested Usage: The taste is alluring with a fresh orchid aroma, a bold fruity flavor and a sweet, lingering finish. While Tie Guan Yin can be simply brewed in any teapot, we recommend the gongfu method using lots of leaf, multiple infusions and brief steeping times to bring out its full characteristics.
Preparation: Use between one and two teaspoons of leaves per cup of 95 degree water (203 fahrenheit) for up to one minute. Increase the steeping time for each subsequent brewing. Careful not to overbrew this tea. Good for 9-10 infusions with cups 2 and 3 often considered the best. Best prepared gongfu style.
Tie Guan Yin is another of China_s top ten teas. Tie Guan Yin translates as Iron Goddess of Mercy. The tea itself is as grand as its name. Oolong tea is partially or semi-fermented, they have some of the qualities of both black and green teas. Oolong teas are beautiful and full bodied with a fragrant flavor and fruity, sweet aroma.
Tie Guan Yin is a splendid oolong tea that is always in demand because of its unique elegance. This is a very fresh Tie Guan Yin, which is made with tea leaves harvested in the Gang De area, which is one of the three best Tie Guan Yin producing areas in the Anxi County. It is a lighter baked one and holds a high fragrance as well. The appearance is rather even in both shape and color. From the dry leaves, you can easily get an buttery and delicate floral aroma with an astringent hint. The liquor holds a fresh and bright yellow color that has a good clarity. The thick texture liquor is very smooth and clean and followed by a fresh and dainty orchid fragrance for the finishing. The aftertaste is pleasant and long, which carries a light astringent that reminds the note of guava fruit.
Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess) Tea. Ti Kuan Yin is the most famous of the Chinese Oolongs. This tea produces a light, sweet cup with a fragrant orchid finish.
Legend: The legend behind this tea has many variations but the following is the most common account.
Deep in the heart of Fujian's Anxi County there was a rundown temple that held inside an iron statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Everyday, on his walk to his tea fields, a poor farmer would pass by and reflect on the worsening condition of the temple.
Something has to be done, thought Mr. Wei. But he did not have the means to repair the temple, poor as he was.
Instead the farmer brought a broom and some incense from his home. He swept the temple clean and lit the incense as an offering to Kuan Yin. It's the least I can do, he thought to himself.
Twice a month for many months, he repeated the same task. Cleaning and lighting incense. One night, Kuan Yin appeared to him in a dream. She told him of a cave behind the temple where a treasure awaited him. He was to take the treasure for himself, but also to share it with others.
In the cave, the farmer found a single tea shoot. He planted it in his field and nurtured it into a large bush, of which the finest tea was produced. He gave cuttings of this rare plant to all his neighbors and began selling the tea under the name Ti Kuan Yin, Iron Goddess of Mercy.
Over time, Mr. Wei and all his neighbors prospered. The rundown temple of Kuan Yin was repaired and became a beacon for the region. And Mr. Wei took joy in his daily trip to his tea fields, never failing to stop in appreciation of the beautiful temple.