Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong (Ti Kuan Yin)

This illustrious tea was grown on China’s high hilltops amongst fresh streams and cool, crisp air. Tender leaves are gently basket tossed immediately after harvesting to rupture the cells for semi-oxidization. Increased steeping time and temperature will draw a distinctively new flavor with each steeping. Enjoy!

Steeping Time Steep: 2-3 Minutes
Amount: 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Steeping Temperature Water Temp: 195° F
Multiple infusionMultiple Infusion
Medium CaffeineMedium
Caffeine
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This illustrious tea was grown on China’s high hilltops amongst fresh streams and cool, crisp air. Tender leaves are gently basket tossed immediately after harvesting to rupture the cells for semi-oxidization. Increased steeping time and temperature will draw a distinctively new flavor with each steeping. Enjoy!

Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Manufacture Type: Oolong
Cup Characteristics: A light ‘airy’ character with delicate orchid-like notes.
Infusion: Pale green yellow liquor, tending slightly amber

Information:
Oolong tea is semi fermented which is one of the reasons it has such a unique character. The semi fermentation gives the tea a little bit more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea ... and interestingly it gives the flavor a very unique twist. You will see (particularly in the infused leaf) that the edges of the leaves are slightly bruised (brownish). The reason for this is that the leaves are lightly bruised to start the oxidation process. During this process the characteristic ‘curly’ leaf is also created. After 15-25 minutes (depending upon ambient temperature and humidity levels) the tea is fired, locking in the special flavor profile.

There are several grades of Ti Kuan Yin (a.k.a Iron Goddess of Mercy). This particular type is the  #1 grade. When comparing to other Ti Kuan Yin’s, you will see a better leaf presentation which results in a more refined character. It has been written that Ti Kuan Yin is at first bitter, then sweet and finishes with a fragrance, which lingers on your palate. We find this particular grade is sweet with a fragrant finish and has no bitter notes.


The legend of Ti Kuan Yin is that a certain Mr. Wei, a tea grower in Sand County, Fujian had a dream in which a spirit advised him that a treasure was awaiting him behind a temple dedicated to Kuan-Yin. Upon his discovery of the treasure he was to share it with his neighbors. The next day he diligently searched for the treasure but could only find a tiny tea shoot. Even though he was disappointed, he took the tea shoot home and cared for it extremely well for the next 2 years. At the end of the 2-year period the tea bush yielded 1 kilo of tea. He brewed some in a lidded bowl and noticed an unusual fragrance plus the fact that the flavor remained pure and strong even after several additions of water. To ensure his good luck and to follow the spirit’s guidelines he took care of the bush with renewed enthusiasm. Within a few years the original tea bush fathered hundreds of trees and shrubs, which he shared with his neighbors.

  • Water Temperature: 185 - 206 F degrees
  • Caffeine Content: Medium
  • Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
  • Suggested Serving Size: 1 tsp/8oz
  • Ingredients: Chinese Oolong Tea
  • Origin: Anxi, China

Additional Info

Additional Info

Tin Weight (ounces) No
Ingredients Specialty oolong from China
Steep Temperature 195° F
Steep Time 2-3 Minutes
Caffeine Level Medium Caffeine
Amount Tea 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Multiple Infusion? Yes
Tea Attributes No
Choose Color No

Reviews

Customer Reviews (3)

Strong at first but mellows with subsequent steepingsReview by Chuck
Rating
My first cup of this tea I didn't think I would enjoy. It has a very strong smell and taste. I could only describe it as a very heavy cup of tea. Subsequent steepings yielded a milder flavor and a more enjoyable taste. I enjoyed this one. (Posted on 3/28/2017)
Tried them all, this is the bestReview by Daisy
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I went a little nuts and bought samples of a bunch of Ti Kuan Yin from different vendors. All of them were blind tests, because I wanted to see if the price made any difference, but this tea won my test. It was that much better... (Posted on 5/8/2016)
Very drinkable, roasty without being bitterReview by Angela

The first steeping of this tea was very strong and astringent. But, the second and third were very nice. It had a deep elemental taste with a hint of flowers. Next time I try it, I’ll try to remember to do a wash steeping.

Update – I tried this again, gongfu style. It was much more pleasant that way and not at all astringent. The first steeping is still a little bitter, but it was a pleasant bitter. The subsequent steepings had a nice floral taste to them. I’ve updated the rating.

Update 2 - I tried again, western-style in a teapot. I served it to my family with a touch of sugar. Everyone enjoyed it, all three steepings! This is a lovely tea, and one I could drink often.
(Posted on 12/3/2013)

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