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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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This was the second tea that I shared with my granddaughter Megan today after watching Amadeus. I didn’t let her have a smell of the wet tea leaves…just the pour which was a steep of 3 minutes. She could not believe the flavor! “This is incredible…what is this”! I laughed and explained and asked what she tasted. It’s floral, buttery, popcorn. Then I had her smell the beautiful green wet tea leaves. “Spinach grandma! How could that smell make such a different tasting tea”? And that’s part of the magic isn’t it. The chameleon character of some tea…smells like one thing tastes like something else…huh we all know what that’s like don’t we. And we love that surprise too. This gem of a high quality A+ tea is so smooth a luscous. The flavor so well balanced that no one nuance outshines another. I found myself looking at the bottom of my cup like an addict ready to dip my finger in to grab for the last drop. Fortunately I can resteep many times without denigration. This is a keeper tea! This review was originally published on Steepster by Bonnie in March, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Bonnie.
Very nice floral note.I higjly recommend this tea as your everyday tea
I received my first order of this tea the other day and I finally made some today. It has a great smell to it, it reminds me of a green tea whose name I can't recall right now. I made it in my 3oz Gaiwan, using the 7 steep times indicated on the website. I absolutely loved the 3-5 steeps. And the others were just barely below those. Although I have not tried many oolongs, this is easily my favorite.
I’ve been having some teas teavivre sent me most of the day. Earlier it was the Golden Tips, but now I’m on my 2nd or 3rd infusion of this one. I love oolong. The first brew had a little too much sugar, so it was a tad overpowering, but I added more tea to balance it out. It is a nice green floral taste, without being perfumey. I also think this is a very forgiving tea, as I got distracted a few times and let it steep longer than intended. Even as it has cooled off, it is lovely. I love how big the leaves get after they’ve been brewed a few times. The tea is a beautiful golden yellow tinged with green. They’re simply huge! Praise to the Oolong Goddess for this tea! This review was originally published on Steepster by Heather Martin on Aug., 2011. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Heather Martin.
I LOVE this tea. This tea is amazing. I taste almost no bitterness and its really cool the way it unfurls as it brews. I like to put a little honey in it, but it honestly doesn't need it. Coming from someone new to high quality loose leaf tea, this tea is great. I highly recommend it.
I just recieved my samples from Teavivre today and could not be more pleased! The samples i recieved were very generous. Thanks again to Ian for the recomendation. The dry leaves were beautiful dark green clumps with a subtle scent of vegetation. The first steep was at 212 for 3 minutes. The leaves unfurled nicely, revealing dark full green leaves. The liquid was a pale gold with a light vegetative scent familiar to oolong. The taste was delightful with light floral notes. The tea leaves a subtle taste in my mouth after sipping that reminds me to take a second and relax. For the second steep i went with 208 for 5 minutes. This steep reinforced the first by bring a more mellow floral taste forth. This review was originally published on Steepster by Hippie_Samfro on July, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Hippie_Samfro.
This tea is great! It's mellow and relaxing and has a very pleasant floral smell and taste!
I really like this tea--a nice, lightly fermented "green" oolong with a light floral taste. Somewhat lighter in taste and more subtle in its floral tone than the Taiwan Dong Ding oolong variety. Thanks to Teavivre for another fine tea delivered with the usual excellent customer service end to end.
Ah. Somehow I managed a perfect cup of this one. Its main flavors are slight floral, deep greens like spinach, and roasted bread. I really like this one for its light, honey like flavors that slip in every once in awhile. This is a really solid Tie Guan Yin. This review was originally published on Steepster by Tamm on April, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Tamm.
Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea (Ti Kuan Yin) by Teavivre The smell in the bag is closer to a green tea, vegetal and seaweedy. Once in the cup though, that is some floral right there! It’s a burst of jasmine into your nose hole. Dry tea is full of lies. This tricky goddess was just pretending to resemble a green tea, but her charade ended as soon as the hot water hit. Another example of misleading liquors; the delicate, pale yellow color of this tea hides an abundance of flower power. Now we know how the goddess likes to be worshiped: her altar must be strung with pungent garlands and sweet-smelling candles. Luckily… Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/05/25/snooty-tea-review-teavivre/
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