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    Brewing Tie Guan Yin in Western and Gongfu Style

    Tie Guan Yin, the half-fermented Oolong family tea is one of most popular premium class Chinese tea. The best quality Tie Guan Yin tea leaf seems fresh and stiff like some dragonfly with its forest green color and smells awesome like some orchid. When it is brewed, it gets golden color with the taste which is unforgettably sweet which last in the taster’s mouth till long which is called in traditional Chinese “Yin Yun”. The best quality Tie Guan Yin tea can easily be distinguished with its rich taste, color and of course for its long lasting sweetness. Tie Guan Yin’s smell is the most charming of all other Oolong tea and the taste as well which the real delight of this tea is. Medically, it helps in digesting and dramatically reduces fat.

    Brewing Classic Chinese Tie Guan Yin Tea in Western Style

    To enjoy the perfect Chinese taste in Western style, everything you use to brew Tie Guan Yin, must be perfect as well. Get the teapot which can hold the extra leaves as to get the rich taste, a little extra leaves are required. Normally 2 to 3 tea spoons are enough for half liter water but you can change as per your taste. Now pour the water of 100 ºC and wait for 3 to 5 minutes and then the richest taste of Tie Guan Yin is ready to be served.

    brew tie guan yin with teapotcast tea into teapot

    pour water into teapotpour liquor into cup

    Now serve it in the cups. To enhance the taste and flavor you may add the honey or sugar as well. Enjoy the rich taste of Tie Guan Yin with sweetest smell in the autumn and be fresh.

    Brew Tie Guan Yin Tea in Classic Chinese - Gongfu Way

    The traditional brewing way of Tie Guan Yin Tea is called “Gongfu”. Classic Chinese way of brewing Tie Guan Yin tea requires lots of preparation prior, while and after brewing the tea. First of all you need the complete traditional Chinese Tea set which includes Sand-Fired pot, a tray, tea holder, Pinming cup, fragrance smelling cup, filter, shelf, spoons, funnel and the tea container. The most important is Sand-Fired pot which gives the whole process the traditional Chinese look.

    traditional Chinese tea set

    First of all get 5-7 grams of Tie Guan Yin tea from the tea container and put it into tea holder. Now pour the hot boiling water into the sand-fired pot just for cleansing and warming the pot and now use this water of sand-fired pot to clean and warm fair cup and Pinming Cup. It frees your pots and cups from the other smells and tastes so you may enjoy the real taste with real and optimum sweet smell of Tie Guan Yin tea.

    pour water to clean tea setpour water to clean tea set

    Now put the tea into the Sand-Fired pot with the teaspoon and then add the 100 ºC hot boiled water. There will be some white foam on the surface which is removed with the lid. And then lid is cleaned as well. This small process is sometimes named as “face wash” and some times it is said, “Spring breeze is blowing”. The liquor is not for drinking as it will just recover the tea. Use this liquor to warm the cups by pouring the liquor into the cups equally.

    Tie Guan Yin oolong teacast tie guan yin oolong tea

    pour water into sand-fired potSpring breeze is blowing

    pour the first liquorpour the first liquor

    Again pour the boiling hot water into the sand-fired pot from some height so the water may get mixed well with the leaves. Then put the lid back and wait 20 to 30 seconds.

    pour water to brew teause boiling hot water to shower the teapotthe sand-fired pot dry

    After that remove the lid and smell the lid from the distance for 2 inches with a deep breath. Judge the smell if the tea is ready for you. Now pour the liquor into the fragrance smelling cups equally. Put the Pinming cups upon these fragrance smelling cups. And then the last step is to put heaven and earth upside down. Turn the fragrance smelling cups and Pinming cup upside down and let the liquor to pour into the pinming cup without removing the fragrance smelling cup from up.

    serve the teaserve the teaserve the tea

    Turn the fragrance smelling cups and Pinming cup  upside down and let the liquor to pour into the pinming cup Turn the fragrance smelling cups and Pinming cup  upside down and let the liquor to pour into the pinming cup Turn the fragrance smelling cups and Pinming cup  upside down and let the liquor to pour into the pinming cup

    Now finally remove the fragrance smelling cup and smell it with your deep breath and be lost in the sweetest smell of Tie Guan Yin tea. Now taste the liquor with a sip and your eyes will be closed with its richest taste that you would have never tasted before. It’s the famous classic Chinese tea in its traditional Chinese style.

    remove smelling cupsmell tie guan yin with your deep breath

    You can use the same leaves to brew it 6 times more as Tie Guan Yin is the tea which remains same fragrant even after brewing seven times. But for that you must choose the best quality Oolong Tea - Tie Guan Yin tea.

    8 comments to Brewing Tie Guan Yin in Western and Gongfu Style

    • Stéphane :



      I have a 120ml yixing pot. How much leaf do you recommend?



    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Stéphane, thanks for your question.

      Usually, we recommend 7g tea leaves for 110ml Gaiwan. And same as the teapot, 120ml teapot also can use 7g tea leaves, but you can add the appropriate brewing time according to your own taste.

      Hope it helps, and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us!

    • Kaushik Chheda :


      I have very good quality TGY tea bought from China this year. The tea gives a light green jade tea. About 5 to 10 grams at one time puff to a handful of leaves when brewed. My only doubt is that I keep using the same for 05 to 06 cups and it continues giving me the same flavor. Is this correct method or should i use the leaves only once

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.
      It depends on you how to brewing the tea.
      It's no problem to brewing 5 or 6 cups when you use Chinese Gongfu Way.
      If you use Western method to brewing the tea few minutes, you can use the leaves once or twice.
      And if you just place few grams of tea leaves in the cup and drink with the cup directly. You can steep few cups.
      In fact,If you can give us more details about how to brewing the tea, I can give you an accurate answer.
      Hope it helps.

    • Raymond Fealy :


      With Ti Kuan Yin I find that it is quite bitter if sipped when very hot. I always drink it when it has cooled down quite a lot, in the cup.
      In Australia I find that the prices vary a great deal in the shops that sell Asian food and drink products. Some shops sell Ti Kuan Yin for more than double the price of other traders.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your review.

      About brewing Tie Guan Yin, if you use western methods, it usually use 2 to 3 tea spoons tea, the water of 100 ºC and wait for 3 to 5 minutes.

      If you use Chinese Gongfu methods, it usually use 5-7 grams tea and wait for 20s-30s before we pour the liquid out.

      If you feel it taste bitter when drinking hot, you may try to shorten the brew time.

      Hope it helps.

    • anita :


      Is this an herbal tea?
      I understand the caffeine content is medium . What does this mean? I cannot use too much caffeine. I can drink herbal teas.
      Thanks for a response

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      The tea introduced in the article was: Tie Guan Yin, which belongs to a kind of Oolong tea. These are teas from highest to lowest based on the amount of caffeine:

      Coffee: 80mg (generally 40-170mg)
      Black Tea: 40mg (generally 25-110mg)
      Oolong Tea: 30mg (generally 12-55mg)
      Green Tea: 20mg (generally 80-30mg)
      Pu-erh Tea: 2mg
      Herbal Tea: (No Caffeine)

      If you can’t use too much caffeine, here I suggest trying some herbal tea. Hope it’s helpful for you.

    • Frances :


      Hello, could you please describe the technique for judging the water temperature as I don't use a thermometre but go by eye to check the bubbles etc in the water heating on the stove. This would be helpful, thanks so much.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      The temperature is quite important for brewing tea. High temperature usually makes tea taste bitter. So if you want to enjoy a tasty tea, I suggest you can consider buying a thermometer.

      There are three situations help you judge it:
      1: If there’s a lot of steam in the teapot and coming out straight, then the water temperature should be above 90 ℃.
      2: Lots of steam but some sideways drift, so the water temperature is about between 80 ~ 90 ℃
      3: not so much steam in teapot but all sideways drift, the temperature should be at 80 ℃ or less.

      Hope it helps.

    • Aleksadnar :



      You mentioned quantity of tea for Gungfu method, but you didn't mentioned quantity of water.

      I have unglazed sand-fired 300 ml tea pot. How mucjh grams of Tie Guan Yin I need for this pot?

      With respect

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Aleksadnar,

      Thank you for your question.
      You can about 10 grams tea if you use a 300ml zisha teapot.
      And if you prefer a trong taste, you may add more teas.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

    • Okoro George :


      Thank you for tie guan yin tea,it is really the best.I have tested it and still taking it, it is really the best.

    • jalal narimani :


      I'm Iranian and one of my freind traveled in china and brought for me a can of Tie Guan Yin and I used it and injoied it very much and I want to request you if it is possible for you please send me a little tea
      sicerely yours J.Narimani

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hello Jalal. Thank you for interesting our teas! If you have a blog, you can join our Free Tea Tasting Activity to get free tea samples! Here is the link: http://www.teavivre.com/contacts/free_tea_tasting/.
      If you don't have a blog, it is ok. This activity also works with steepster, or other social websites, like facebook, tumblr, or some forums.

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