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Tie Guan Yin tea is a type of Oolong tea, and is – deservedly – the most revered and sort after type tea in China. Sometimes also written as Ti Kuan Yin or Iron Goddess Oolong Tea. After processing, this particular Tie Guan Yin tea is then soaked in organic honey, providing an amazing tasting tea, combining the floral taste of Tie Guan Yin tea with a great natural sweet honey taste.
Tie Guan Yin tea is a slightly fermented tea, that sits between highly fermented black teas and unfermented green and white teas. TeaVivre's Tie Guan Yin tea with honey is premium soaked in organic honey after processing. The honey used in this tea is collected in the same forested mountain area as the tea is grown, and, like the tea itself, is completely organic without any additives or preservatives. As a result, only very limited amounts of this honey can be collected every year, allowing only about 6,000 lb of this honey tea to be produced.
Tie Guan Yin tea is the premium form of Chinese Oolong teas. Being lightly fermented, these teas are high amino acids, vitamins, polyphenols and antioxidants. These combine into a tea that reduces cholesterol and helps reduce hardening of the arteries, and so can help reduce risks of heart attacks. The antioxidants it contains can also help guard against some forms of cancer, and also help fight the affects of aging and bacterial infections. Apart from the health benefits of Oolong tea, the honey used in this tea is also a completely unprocessed organic honey, collected from flowers in the forest in the area around where the tea is grown. For more information on the remarkable health benefits of TeaVivre's Oolong Teas, see our article on Tea Health benefit.
When brewing Tie Guan Yin tea, use water around 212ºF (100ºC) and infuse the tea for 1-3 minutes. This particular Ti Kuan Yin can typically be brewed for 7 infusions.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on How To Make Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea.
Being living in Fujian, Miss Lin and Mr. Lei had engaged in organic tea carrier for over 8 years. Now they have 379 acre of organic tea gardens, all of which have passed the organic certification of European, USA, Japan and China, and became a demonstration of organic agriculture. We’ve know from Mr. lei that the organic tea gardens locate between elevation of 500 – 700 meters on high mountains. The place is surrounded by mountains, far away from pollution in the city, as well as pesticide pollutions. Only organic fertilizer and manual weeding are used in the garden, excluding any herbicide, chemical essence and any pesticide (even biopesticide). When asked about present goal and task, Miss Lin answered: “our duty is to think of our customer’s health. Our goal is to bring health and happiness to every family.” TeaVivre is also aiming to bring you every kind of healthy tea as always.
TeaVivre's Ti Kuan Yin tea has the following organic certifications:
USA Certified Organic in accordance with the USDA (National Organic Program) organic accreditation. Certificate number is 7008CN1000z1ec.
Europe Certified organic in accordance with both EU regulations Article 29(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 and (EC) No. 889/2008. Certificate number is 7008CN0900Z1EC.
Their certifications have been independently verified by French ECOCERT organic certifier, in accordance with the US NOP organic standard. ECOCERT is the first organization outside of America authorized by the US government to issue US NOP certification.
It also passed ISO22000 certification in 2009.
TeaVivre's Tie Guan Yin Oolong tea comes from Daishan Village, near Zhangzhou City in Fujian. This area is high in the forested mountains of Fujian, only grown between 1500 and 2000 ft elevation (500-700m) to ensure only the highest quality leaves are used in production.
Tie Guan Yin tea is the highest quality form 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 tea's, still produces the finest Oolong teas.
Soaking Ti Kuan Yin in honey after production is a new concept that has only been introduced by this tea producer in the last few years. This combination produces this naturally sweetened version of Ti Kuan Yin that has instantly become highly sought after.
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I purchased this tea as part of the flavor tea assortment last Fall, but with the way Teavivre packages it, I feel certain that it’s as fresh as the day it was packed. This is a perfect tea for when I’m in the mood for an oolong with a subtle sweetness. Like other oolongs, this re-steeps very well, but it also differs from others I’ve tried in the past. It comes double wrapped in airtight packets and the tea leaves are rolled then bonded together by the honey in a single oolong ball. When I saw the sticky oolong ball I expected the taste of honey to be front and center, but despite the honey stickiness, the sweetness is actually quite delicate. It’s more in the background and supports the flavor of the tea, rather than overwhelming it. This review was originally published on Steepster by canadianadia on June, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from canadianadia.
Just got my package (actually, 2 packages!) from TeaVivre! (oh, I love that store so much) Well, evidently, I’m starting my own little venture into Oolongs, something I’ve never properly done before, because I seem to have a bad luck for picking those. If you’ve got some oolong brewing/drinking tips – please share those with me :) This tea comes packed in a TeaVivre-style small packages, packaged once again inside. The leaves are super-sticky with honey and give a nice rich smell, though I expected much more honey in it. I steeped it twice – 1 minute and 2 minutes. Came out very strong and rich, almost no differences between the two steeps, except some subtle changes in taste. As for the taste, it was honestly not what I expected. I was ready for some in-my-face honey action, but the honey was very subtle, only adding a few touches of sweetness after every sip. I didn’t add any sugar, which is pretty unusual for me and it still was good. I can definitely say that I’m starting to like oolongs and I’m looking forward to drinking this tea again soon! Booklog: Though I’m kind of late with this one, but I just started reading The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), so far so good, I’ve read about 25% of the book, it’s engaging and interesting, with some really deep characterization. This review was originally published on Steepster by Vortegne on January, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Vortegne.
This is actually my favourite tie guan yin. The tea itself is very nice - sweet, creamy and floral with no bitterness and not much grassiness. The honey is lovely and mild, adding a hint of sweetness to the brew without overwhelming the TGY flavour. The honey fades away after 2 or 3 steeps in a gaiwan, but the TGY can go much more than that. I prefer this to the unadulterated TGY, which is unusual for me.
Teavivre has very serious concern for the freshness of the product, it arrived in a vacoum bag, really fresh My first Oolong tea was really a succes, I really like this tea.
This generous sample provided to me by Teavivre. This is the best Monday ever, followed up by the longest weekend ever – I had clinicals of two 12 hours shifts that resulted in me having to get up at 5:30 AM both days. The wake up was the worst part by far – I suspect I would not have minded so much if I could have just done nights instead of days. As it was, I had no time for anything except sleep and shoveling in food that I can’t even really remember the taste of. Certainly it was not a weekend to brew tea. But on this Monday (the best Monday ever since I have a day all to myself to relax), I can finally sit down and have a minute to myself. I had picked this tea ahead of time as the first brew of the day – I’ve never tried an oolong with any degree of sweetener and this piqued my curiosity. The balls of TGY were stuck together with honey, as I assumed they would be, but it’s not as messy as you might think – they were stuck to a waxy paper insert and easily peeled off into my Breville basket. I could smell both the honey and the TGY on the dry leaf, and it was fantastic. The two enclosed vaccuum packed samples were brewed in my Breville in 500 ml. of water at the below temperatures. This brewed up a cloudy greenish brown due to the honey, I suspect. First taste is surprisingly not very sweet – I still taste honey, but not the sweetness of it, if that makes any sense. I was worried about brewing the TGY at that high of a temperature but it is not bitter and astringent in the slightest. I get more of a roasted buttery flavor than floral from this particular TGY, which I like. The other TGY I tried from Teavivre was heavier on the floral and less so on the butter, so maybe it is the temperature difference? Anyway, I really like this one. It is such a cleansing tea to be drinking as I appreciate the calm and quiet. I haven’t gotten to the 2nd cup in my Breville yet, but I’m wondering if the honey sweetness might be waiting for me there – I will update when I get there, and when I do a second steep. But for right now – it has been just what I needed today. This review was originally published on Steepster by JoonSusanna on December, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from JoonSusanna.
Спасибо,очень хороший чай.С легким запахом меда,иногда схожегио с запахом сирени.
The dry leaves are so sticky with honey! Yum! The scent of the dry leaves isn't overly honey-like but they are sweet. First steep: The steep color is a nice yellow. Oolongs have the most diverse flavor, ranging from a mild, floral, peachy to a stronger flavor. I think this one is in the mid-range of flavor strength. It has a nice floral sweet flavor. but isn’t a mild one. Again, the honey isn’t too present. The lack of honey is kind of disappointing, as it was one of the reasons I wanted to try it. If you try it not expecting much out of the honey, it is still an amazingly delicious oolong. The directions say 212 degrees, but I like gettiing the temp a little lower, especially on the first steep (so that the flavor can be stronger the second steep!) Second steep: I may have kept the infuser in a little too long this time, but it’s still good. This steep it seems more floral and less sweet. The flavor is more pronounced. But really, it all depends on the temp and the steep time. Even the same leaves will result in entirely different cup.
Dry Leaf: Has a sweet gentle floral aroma with some vegetal fragrances in the background. Wet Leaf: You get the floral notes up front with a touch of sweetness and that nice vegetal aroma that is light. Liquor: A dark yellow or even a golden color. Taste: I get a smooth floral taste with a touch of sweetness and a slight vegetal flavor.The broth feels rich and full in the mouth. This is a great tasting tie guan yin but even though this tea is soaked in honey I believe this tea is missing that honey blast most people will be looking for. So, if you don't expect a big honey blast then you will enjoy this T.G.Y.
I love Teavivre's Tie Guan Yin, however the honey flavor was almost non existant to my tastebuds. Would recommend sampling first. After adding more of my local raw honey, this is great (but can do that with the regular) :)
Smooth honey taste during the first two steeps. Perfectly sealed and individually packaged. Couldn't of asked for anything more. Thanks TeaVivre.
Reply: The tea manufacteruer stops producing this tea so it is nor sure when it will get back. But we are searching for new teas that has similiar flavor to this one.
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