Known as the ‘Iron Goddess of Mercy’ or ‘Iron Buddha’, Tie Guan Yin oolong tea is the most famous of all oolong teas found in China.
This tea comes from the county of Anxi in the Fujian Province, China. From the moment you smell it, this sweet and floral Chinese oolong tea will remind you of the wonderful fragrance of orchids. The name Tie Guan Yin come from the story that one imperial official presented his hometown tea to the Emperor Qianlong as a gift. The emperor liked this tea very much and he decided to give this tea a decent name. In view of that the tea has iron color and the body is tightly rounded like the face of Buddha Guanyin, so it was named as Tie Guan Yin which means iron Buddha. The special tea cultivar to make Tie Guan Yin oolong tea is also named as Tie Guan Yin.
The tea is produced using the traditional “Baorou” technique. In this method, the withered, bruised and oxidized tea leaves are wrapped in a cloth and delicately rolled to form tightly knitted pellets. The tea imparts a wonderfully thick and creamy texture along with rich flavour and sweet nectar notes that stay on the tongue. Unlike other teas, the flavour of oolong is enhanced by brewing it multiple times.
If you prefer purchasing Chinese tea on the basis of roasting level, you may find three subtypes namely: Jade Tie Guan Yin – lightly roasted or baked tea, Heavily Roasted Tie Guan Yin – warm, complex, yet less flowery in essence, and Moderately Roasted Tie Guan Yin – it has the perfect blend of floral aroma and the exquisite taste. As per the harvest time, there are available three varieties such as Spring Harvest, Summer Harvest, and Autumn Harvest. As per the location, these teas may be found in: Anxi county (China) and Taiwan. Although this tea dates back to the 19th century, during the Qing dynasty, today the Anxi region still produces this tea.
The Chinese oolong tea is rich in amino acids, polyphenols and antioxidants. This tea improves digestion, results in weight loss, improves the heart health and acts as a great immune booster. It also contains vitamins and other components such as calcium, fluorine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc that further help in strengthening bones and teeth.
How Does It Taste: Delicate and smooth, the oolong tea has the perfect amalgamation of the flowery fragrance and natural sweetness – which makes this tea unique. As with all great quality oolong teas, this is a tea that may be reinfused several times.
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tie Guan Yin oolong tea: Check out this step by step process:
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