Part of our Tea Total, single origin tea collection.
Cultivated in the Fujian province, Tie Guan Yin Tea is a premium variety, harvested by hand from high altitude tea orchards and is the oolong tea of choice among the Chinese. Also known as “ The Goddess of Mercy” – Chinese legend tells of a poor man, who doted on a temple, was rewarded when the Iron Goddess appeared in his dream and directed him to an area of the temple where he would find a treasure. When he looked, he found a tea plant which he cultivated, sold the proceeds and planted out cuttings. The cuttings grew in to bushes and he sold more, then he gave bushes to local farmers so that they could share in his wealth.
Tie Guan Yin, also referred to as Ti Kuan Yin and called "Yinyun" in Chinese, is a type of oolong tea set apart by its flowery fragrance reminiscent of orchids. Natural plant nutrients, such as antioxidants, are preserved in this semi-oxidized tea providing several health and lifestyle benefits. Rolling renders the leaves less susceptible to physical damage and breakage and allows them to retain more of their flavor and aroma.
The leaf is of differing shades of green and the liquor is bright yellow in colour, giving a fresh floral taste with smooth buttery character – a great choice for Oolong lovers.
100% Tie Guan Yin Choice Oolong Tea from China
HOW TO BREW
For the perfect cuppa
Steep 1-2 heaped teaspoons per cup in freshly boiled 90℃ water, brew for 3-5 minutes.
The leaves of oolong teas are very delicate and are easliy burnt so take care to use the correct temperature of water and not to leave the leaves in for too long.
Top tip: For 90℃ water without a fancy kettle, either add 1/4 cold water into your cup 1st and top up with 3/4 boiling water, or leave the lid off the kettle for 2 minutes.
One of the great things about oolong teas is that they can be re steeped several times, this one can be used up to 3 times, just leave it in 1 mintue longer with each use.
Can also be enjoyed as iced tea
Steep 4 heaped teaspoons in 900ml of freshly boiled 90℃ water, brew for 3-4 minutes and leave in the fridge to cool. Serve over ice with fresh lemon.