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Made by the traditional processing method, our Organic Tie Guan Yin is mainly characterized by the heavy tossing procedure (搖青; pinyin: yáo qīng) and moderate temperature of pan-fired (炒青; pinyin: chǎo qīng). These unique steps made Oolong tea more likely to form “green leaves edged with red edge”. On the other hand, the step of wrapping-twisting makes the dry tea form into funicular shape.
Traditional Tie Guan Yin belongs to semi-fermented Oolong tea, compared with Zheng Chao Tie Guan Yin (正炒: Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea) or Xiao Qiang Tie Guan Yin (消青: Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea), it has a higher degree of fermentation.
The dry tea presents a dark appearance with partial distinctive reddish-brown color, while the taste of floral aroma and refreshing flavor is a little weaker than Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea. However, it’s mellow, soft and long lasting lingering taste will make you craving for more. We highly recommend it to those tea lovers who drink tea for health benefits.
This Organic Tie Guan Yin tea is the entry level of organic Oolong series, its natural taste combines with a pleasant sweet aftertaste lingering and affordable price makes this a great everyday oolong tea.
Born in the birthplace of Tie Guan Yin – Anxi, Mr. Gu was affected by his family tea drinking habits, he started to drink tea and helped pick tea leaves at a very young age. He didn’t engage in tea business after graduated until he watched a TV interview about the pesticides that may exist in teas. “After I watched the TV interview, an idea just popped into my brain: to build an organic tea garden, which is exactly for these people who are passionate about organic teas”, Mr. Gu said. Mr. Gu began his journey to find the best suitable place for growing organic tea by the end of 2000. After six months of searching and tracing, he finally found a heavenly place called: Wu Hua Shan. Finding an advantaged and natural location is just a beginning, there are still lots of challenges, such as open up barren hills, breed young plants, establishment of organic cycle of ecological systems.… Step by step he finally built his own organic tea garden. Thinking back, Mr. Gu said: “it’s been a really tough time for me because lots of people are not optimistic about my passion. Whenever I want to give up, I always told myself: hold onto your dream. ” What makes me to insist is my faith that encourages me. When I asked Mr. Gu if he had any words to tell these people who drink his organic teas, he said in all sincerity: “starting a tea business is a quite difficult task for me, especially for organic teas, because they do have very strict requirements in various aspects. To rest assured that our tea is safe to drink, we gradually combined a variety of high-tech methods to produce teas in recent 10 years, hoping that tea lovers can enjoy the best health benefits and taste of pure natural flavor that organic teas should be”.
Wuhua Shan tea garden, located in Xianghua village, Anxi, which faces Changkeng in the east, Longjuan in the south, and all of them are famous for the origin of Tie Guan Yin.
These tea plants in this area are grown above 800 meters in elevation, with beautiful scenery, mist-shrouded, abundant rainfall, as well as sweet and clear spring. The natural environment makes it’s very suitable for the growth of Oolong tea, particularly Tie Guan Yin.
The whole tea plantation is over 800 mu, and they persist in using mixed materials (sheep and dairy manure, wild grass) as sources of plant nutrients, with natural and high-quality mountain spring water for irrigation. Moreover, to make sure that the tea lovers can mostly benefit the nutrients in the tea leaves, Mr. Gu and his group kept weeding and picking tea leaves by handmade, which results a better sweet taste.
Anxi lies in the eastsouth of Fujian, at 24°51′ N - 25°26′ N, 117°34′E - 118°18′E. Its total area is 2983.1 square kilometers. The environment of Anxi is definitely suitable for planting tea trees. The average temperature here is about 16 to 20℃, while the annual precipitation is around 1600 mm to 1800 mm. According to the record in “Anxi County Annuals/An Xi Xian Zhi”, the tea production in Anxi began in Tang Dynasty, rose in Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, flourished in last century. It has a history over one thousand years. Anxi was renowned as “the capital of tea in Fujian”. In March, 1995, Anxi was named as the “Home of Chinese Oolong Tea” by Ministry of Agriculture.
C. sinensis cv. Tieguanyin is produced through sexual propagation, a shrub with a medium-size leaf that is oval-shaped, deep emerald-green in color, thick but fragile, with a slight curve along its length and a wavy edge. The leaf dent is thin, and the buds are purple red. It has earned the moniker “delicious but difficult to grow” since only fertile soil, qualified tea shrubs, and appropriate planting and cultivation methods can produce the highest quality Tieguanyin and lead to a bountiful harvest.
Tie Guan Yin tea is the representative of Chinese Oolong tea. Oolong teas were first developed during the early 1700's in the Fujian area of China. As a cross between non fermented green and white teas, and the fully fermented black teas, that combines the best of both in a single tea, Oolong teas quickly became popular all through eastern China and Taiwan. In the early 1970's Oolong Tea became widely popular in Japan, and from their spread to the rest of the world. Fujian, the home of Oolong teas, still produces the finest Oolong teas.
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