Named after the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, Tie Guan Yin is not only a name for the tea but also for the tree. The tree is slender with thick dark green leaves.  The Tie Guan Yin tree is not very productive, so the tea tends to be more valuable and expensive.  Other names for this semi-oxidized tea include Ti Kuan Yin, Ti Kwan Yin, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Iron Goddess Oolong, and Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva.


Tea farmers began to plant this special tea in Anxi in 1725 during the Qing Dynasty.  Located in Fujian Province, China, Anxi has the advantages of warm climate, abundant rainfall, abundant red soil, and continuous hills.  There are four picking seasons throughout the year; spring Tie Guan Yin, summer Tie Guan Yin, autumn Tie Guan Yin, and winter Tie Guan Yin. Among theses, the spring tea is the best in quality.


    • Ingredients:  Oolong Tea
    • Packaging: Luxury Tea Tins, 30g/55g
    • Origin:  Anxi, Fujian Province, China
    • Cultivar: Tie Guan Yin, Huang Dan
    • Elevation:  1,200 ft
    • Picking Date:  May 2018
    • Picking Style:  Up to 3rd or 4th leaf
    • Dry Leaves Appearance:  ball rolled mature leaves, mix of light and dark green
    • Wet Leaves Aroma:  deciduous forest, tall grass
    • Liquor Appearance:  pale yellow-green, clear
    • Liquor Aroma:  cream, orchids, butter
    • Taste:  cream, maple leaves, tart apples
    • Mouthfeel:  light to medium thickness, slight juicy finish
    • Caffeine Level:  Moderate

    Tie Guan Yin

    • Gong Fu Brewing of Tie Guan Yin:

      • 6g per 100ml
      • 210°F / 99°C
      • 25 seconds
      • 10 infusions


      Western Brewing of Tie Guan Yin:

      • 1 tsp per 8oz
      • 210°F / 99°C
      • 120 seconds
      • 5 infusions


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