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Organic Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea
Floral and refreshing, smooth and soft
Floral and refreshing, smooth and soft
Xianghua, Anxi County, Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China
May 28, 2017
Tightly rolled into semi-ball with some similar with the shape
of head of dragonfly, in blackish green color
Pleasant floral fragrance with slight aroma of milk
Bright and clear light golden color
Strong and obvious floral fragrance up front but with a very sweet aftertaste finish,
it tastes fresh, mellow and produces the secretion of saliva
C. sinensis cv. Tieguanyin
Wuhua Shan Organic Tea Garden
Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
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.
Made in the traditional processing method, our organic Tie Guan Yin is characterized by its heavy tossing procedure (搖青; pinyin: yáo qīng) and moderate-temperature pan-firing (炒青; pinyin: chǎo qīng). These unique steps make the leaves more likely to form red edges while the center of the leaf remains green, while the specific wrapping procedure twists this tea into its characteristic shape.
Traditionally, Tie Guan Yin is a type of semi-fermented oolong tea, often compared to Zheng Chao Tie Guan Yin (正炒: Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea) and Xiao Qiang Tie Guan Yin (消青：Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea)with its higher degree of fermentation.
Compared to other Chinese teas, Tie Guan Yin has the most complicated crafting process, among which the tossing step is considered the most critical. This is the key stage to form the the Guan Yin Yun (观音韵: guān yīn yùn)，as well as the distinctive floral fragrance of this tea that sets it apart as unique. Our Tie Guan Yin carries this fragrance quite strongly, while the tea itself is mellow, soft, and long-lasting. We highly recommend it to those who drink tea for health benefits.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 12oz / 355ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|212℉ / 100℃||212℉ / 100℃|
|2 Teaspoons / 3.5g Tea||7g Tea|
|Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins||5 steeps: rinse, 30s,40s,50s,60s,80s|
|Rinse time is 5 seconds|
Wu Hua Shan tea garden, located in Xianghua village in Anxi, faces Changkeng in the east and Longjuan in the south, all of which are famous as being the origins of Tie Guan Yin.
The plants in this area are grown above 800 meters in elevation, with beautiful surroundings, near-constant mist, and abundant rainfall, as well as a sweet, clear spring. All of these factors result in a perfect environment for growing oolong tea, and Tie Guan Yin in particular.
This tea plantation insists on using mixed materials - sheep and dairy manure as well as wild grass - as sources of nutrients, with natural, high-quality mountain spring water for irrigation. Moreover, to ensure that tea lovers can benefit from the nutrients in this tea, Mr. Gu and his workers pick the leaves and weed the crops by hand, resulting in a better, sweeter taste.
Born in Anxi, the birthplace of Tie Guan Yin, Mr. Gu was greatly influenced by his family’s tea-drinking habits, and started to drink it himself as well as pick the leaves at a very young age. It wasn’t until he saw a TV interview about the pesticides that may exist in tea that he got involved in the tea business itself, though: “After I watched that, an idea just popped into my head - to build an organic tea garden, precisely for these people who are passionate about their tea,” he said.
He began his journey to find the best place for growing purely organic tea by the end of 2000, and after half a year of searching and tracing, he found a heavenly placed called Wu Hua Shan. Finding the location is just the beginning: still more challenges come next, such as opening up barren hills, breeding young plants, and establishing the organic cycle of the system. Step by step, Mr. Gu built his garden.
Thinking back, he said, “It’s been a really tough time for me, since lots of people are not optimistic about my passion. Whenever I want to give up, I always tell myself - hold onto your dream. It’s my faith in my passion that encourages me to go on.”
When we asked Mr. Gu if he had anything to tell the people who drink his organic teas, he said, with all sincerity: “Starting a tea business was quite a difficult task, especially an organic one, because there are very strict requirements in various aspects. To be totally assured that our tea is safe to drink, we have gradually combined a variety of high-tech production methods these past ten years, in hopes that you tea lovers can enjoy the best health benefits and taste the pure, natural flavor that organic tea should have.”
Anxi is in the southeastern part of Fujian, with a total area of around 3000 square kilometers. The environment here is certainly suitable for cultivating tea trees, with the average temperature between 16 and 20 C and the annual precipitation around 1700 mm. According to the records in the Anxi County Annuals, tea production here began in the Tang Dynasty, grew during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and flourished in the last century. With a tea history lasting over a thousand years, Anxi has long been renowned as “the capital of tea in Fujian”. In March 1995, Anxi was then named the Home of Chinese Oolong Tea by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Tieguanyin varietal grows as a shrub with a medium, oval-sized leaf, deep emerald-green in color, thick but fragile, and with a slight curve along its length and a wavy edge. The dent of the leaf is thin, and the buds grow to be purple-red in color; this particular varietal has earned the phrase “delicious but difficult to grow” to describe it, since only fertile soil, qualified shrubs, and appropriate planting and cultivation methods can produce the highest quality tea from these plants and lead to a bountiful harvest.
Tie Guan Yin is the representative of Chinese oolong tea, first developed in the early 1700s in Fujian. As a cross between non-fermented green and white teas and the fully-fermented black teas, oolong combines the best of both in a single tea and quickly became popular all throughout eastern China and Taiwan. In the early 1970s, oolong then rose to fame in Japan, and from there spread to the rest of the world. Fujian, the home of oolong tea, still produces the finest oolongs to this day.