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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.
Compared with other Chinese teas, the making process of Tie Guan Yin is the most complicated one, among which Yaoqing (tossing) is to be considered as the most critical step. It is the key stage to form the Guan Yin Yun (观音韵: guān yīn yùn) and distinctive floral fragrance of Tie Guan Yin that makes it unique. While Teavivre’s Organic Tie Guan Yin has been tossed enough, that’s why it carries a strong fragrance of floral. In addition, 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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The leaves are tightly rolled with smooth dark grass notes, kale, spinach, and some floral (chrysanthemum?) . I warmed my teapot and placed what I had inside. The warmed leaf gives off some odd roasted tones along with stir fried veggies. I washed the leaves twice and began my steeping. The brew brings some strong bean notes of the palette along with a slight astringent grass note. The brew is bit drying but it has some agave sweetness that lingers in the back of the throat. A minor floral note peaks through (pompoms?), and the brew continues with wet grass, dry, and agave. This was a okay daily drinker for me.
I brewed this with a gaiwan as per the recommendation. This simple aroma and flavor on the lighter side. No strong smell or taste one way or the other. It does have a sweet finish. Large leaves that overfilled my gaiwan When they fully opened.
Another lovely tea I get to try from my last Teavivre order. I have absolutely adored past harvests of the other Iron Goddess oolong that Teavivre sells (I think it's my favorite oolong ever), so I wanted to try this one. I went with one and a half teaspoons leaving one teaspoon in the sample for later. The dry leaves smell so fresh! The taste could not possibly be sweeter. I could swear there is sugar on these leaves. The main characteristic of this flavor is simply sweetness. The other Iron Goddess oolong tastes like a bouquet of flowers. This one is a sweet and delicious oolong - three solid steeps of this lovely flavor. It's an amazing result, though I do love the bouquet of flowers flavor of the other oolong. Harvest: 2016 Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 15 minutes after boiling // rinse // 2 minute steep Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
I found this tea to be delicate and delightful. It reminded me of the scent of flowers on a spring breeze.
As I prefer strong teas, I find that this one was much too light for me. I let it brew for much longer than requested, and it slightly improved the flavour. I am sure that Oolong tea lovers might enjoy it. But its not for me.
Review previously published on Steepster (username KiwiDelight). This is a part of a tasting activity. Free sample received. Thank you, Angel. Prepared 4g in a 60ml porcelain gaiwan, then transferred the leaf to 120ml of the same material. Followed the website’s steeping times: 20 seconds, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120. I went with a couple more extended steepings at 4 minutes, 8, and 10. Going against my expectation, the dry leaf didn’t have much scent, even after resting in the pre-heated gaiwan. The leaf weakly smelled floral and a little buttery and bread-like. The wet leaf aroma is much, much stronger – very floral, evocative of a summer field. The liquor is pale yellow, full-bodied, clean, and creamy. Throughout the session, there are tiny bits of leaf at the bottom of my cup. The first couple cups are gently floral with a peach aftertaste and easygoing feeling. Beginning with the fourth cup, the flavor has fully developed. The aftertaste really fills the mouth, like a perfume trapped in a bottle. I simply can’t pinpoint specific flowers (I guess this means I have to give myself homework of smelling flowers…or I need to drink more Tie Guan Yin), so I go by experience, and this very much reminds me of a bright mid-summer’s day spent in the midst of a wide field. I was relaxed and warmed on this overcast winter morning. Lastly, what is interesting is that, from the fifth cup to the end, the aftertaste changes from a refreshing peach to a cooling sensation. I haven’t had a Tie Guan Yin in so many months. Lightly oxidized rolled Chinese oolongs don’t appeal to me. Not that I don’t like them – I do, but they’re not a niche I want to explore. That saying, I mostly enjoyed my session with this Tie Guan Yin (I’m little disappointed with the lack of aroma). Pleasant, sweet, floral, a little fruity, and – surprisingly – menthol-like. The floral aspect doesn’t taste overly powerful or perfumed. It’s just right.
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