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Tie Guan Yin tea is a type of Oolong tea, and is – deservedly – one of the most revered and sought after type tea in China. Sometimes also written as Ti Kuan Yin or Iron Goddess Oolong Tea. Apart from its amazing taste, this tea also has great health benefits, being high in amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants.
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Tie Guan Yin tea is a slightly fermented tea, that sits between highly fermented black teas and unfermented green and white teas. This allows it to combine the best of both worlds – the great floral taste and aroma of black teas with all the health benefits of green and white teas.
During production it is hand rolled into small, compact leaf balls. This is where it gets it’s name –Tieguanyin means “iron” in Chinese, because when you drop the tea into a pot or cup it pings just an small iron ball when it hits the bottom.
TeaVivre is proud to be able to bring you this tea. The quality of this tea, combined with its unbeatable price, make it the perfect tea to drink everyday.
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. 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
Anxi, which is famed in Fujian China for producing the best Tie Guan Yin teas, and is in an area with a mix of mountains, forests, small creeks and quality tea gardens. As the origin of Tie Guan Yin, the tea producers in this area strongly recognise the importance of the ecology to their tea, and work hard to preserve both the local tea culture and natural environment.
Mr. Lin Xingbiao has been a professional tea farmer for thirty years. Born in a traditional tea family, he was deeply influenced by his family and built his own tea factory in 1966. With the gradual growth of his factory, he is trying to seek the common development between enterprise and tea farmers.He thinks that the most challengeable factor is the weather. If tea leaves suffered from bad weather, the yield would be reduced and the quality would not reach the standard.If tea leaves suffered from cold weather, straws would be used to cover them and protect them from being frosted. This is what Mr. Lin gets from his experience over the years.
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Ti Kuan Yin is the highest quality form of Oolong Chinese tea. Oolong teas were first developed during the early 1700's in the Anxi, 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. Anxi, the home of Oolong tea's, still produces the finest Oolong teas.
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My favorite oolong. The dark green leaves smell sweet and fresh. The pale yellow liquid is sweet and creamy with a vegetal aftertaste. Very smooth and gentle tea to drink. A very good every day tea.
I'm new to teas in general and this one i choose to try first. And i wasn'd dissapointed! Very smooth, gentle taste, nice color and leaves looks so nice in real. Recommend!
I’m very new to Oolong tea so I am not sure what to expect when I try each variety. Teavivre’s Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong tea is fascinating by any distinction. I was struggling to put the wonderful flavor into words until I read the information about this tea on Teavivre’s web site. Teavivre explains that this tea is from “an area with a mix of mountains, forests, and small creeks.” Bingo! That is also a great description of the flavors inherent in this tea. The taste of nature is abundant in this selection. It is earthy, fresh, and woodsy. The flavor is not overpowering but just right. I steeped it for the recommended maximum time of three minutes and it was perfect for my tastebuds with no bitterness. It has a light golden color that underestimates the power of its flavor. This review was originally published on Steepster by Stoo on Dec 12, 2012. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Stoo.
A staple wu long. Fantastic quality for the price.
This is a lovely tea. Floral, lightly sweet and smooth. I have bought Tie Guan Yin many times over the past few years and this is a particularly good one. Enjoyed very much.
The dry rolled leaves are an incredible dark green color, the steeped unfurled leaves large and either intact or cut in half if too large, and the infused liquor a bright light green. In terms of taste, the tea is perhaps the most floral and perfume-y of any green Oolong I have tried. It has a thicker mouthfeel than other companies' TGYs and a stronger overall flavor, though one that is essentially an amplified version of others rather than a unique take that diverges from traditional expectations. Teavivre recommends using boiling water instead of the standard 195 degrees Fahrenheit. It honestly tastes almost the same at either temperature, though slightly less floral at boiling. It becomes a little fatiguing to drink if you have too much of it. This problem is exacerbated when consumed lukewarm or chilled, so drink it hot!
When you first smell the tea you are hit with a quite strong vegetal aroma. Steeping the tea seems to change the smell to a more floral tone. To be honest, I did not really like the taste at first. I guess because the taste was just so... green. After sipping it for a while the taste grew on me. The tea goes down easily and the floral hints are pleasing. If you dislike sort of strong vegetal overtones then this might not be the tea for you. However, it is a nice, soothing tea if you can get past that.
Excellent!!! I higjly recommend this tea as your everyday tea
Nice fresh taste. I liked it better when making 4 steeps of 25,20,40,60 seconds. After that, the taste is much weaker.
I wanted a fresh bright oolong, so this was the one I went with in my three tea order (with $15 discount with coupon and reward points!) The leaves are such bright green little bundles! Ages ago I had the Iron Goddess with honey from Teavivre, that they don't sell anymore. I had to get this one because I was amazed when I had a sample pouch from two years ago that was already opened (and in a sandwich bag) and it still tasted SO fresh... like the leaves had just been picked! Teavivre's instructions: 212 degrees - 2-3 teaspoons - rinse 1,2,3 min Steep #1 // right after boiling // rinse & 1 min steep I used two teaspoons of leaves because three teaspoons would be pouring out of my infuser basket! The dry leaves smell AMAZING - like many different kinds of flowers - orchids, a bit of gardenia (and I don't really like gardenia but it sure is lovely here.) It's also kind of grassy and spinachy (I like spinach more than gardenia.) The flavor is less grass & spinach but a ridiculous amount of these flowers! It's like a garden in a cup! There is a TINY flavor that is off, like it shouldn't have been boiled, but I'm still shocked that boiled water doesn't ruin oolongs. Note to self: Wait around ten minutes after boiling next time. This is such a lovely oolong though - one of the most floral I've had. Exactly the oolong I wanted in stock! Steep #2 // right after boiling // 2 min As expected, the leaves are taking up the entire basket! I might try this one with three teaspoons at some point anyway, just to taste the difference. This is a nice cup, but it doesn't have the super-florals that the first cup had. This is actually a light oolong. I kind of was looking for a strong flavored oolong, but the floral aspect of this oolong makes it special, so I don't mind if it doesn't have a stronger flavor. This one still doesn't taste burned at all. This cup, I'd say the flavor is a very mellow lemon. Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min This cup went back to the florals a bit! I don't know what happened with the second cup. This cup is also very buttery. Only a hint of that flavor that the leaves have been steeped three times. I'm very happy with this oolong!
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