Tieguanyin, or 'Iron Goddess of Mercy', is an oolong from Anxi, Fujian created in the traditional method, meaning this tea is more oxidized than its green counterparts. This longer oxidation leads to a very sweet and warm profile with undertones of fresh flowers. The aroma combines notes of acacia honey and caramelised nuts, while the flavour blends pecans, stewed peaches, and orchids with a lingering buttery aftertaste and smooth mouthfeel.
This tea was created by Master Chen (read the blog), a tea master whose goal is to find a balance between mainstream bright green Tieguanyin and traditional deeply oxidised oolongs; a Tieguanyin processed in the Taiwanese way, Master Chen would say. With Anxi moving away from age-old tradition, this style of tea is becoming more rare; let us hope that tea masters continue to strive to keep the tradition alive.
Also available with a second roasting for a deeper flavour as our Baked Traditional Tieguanyin.
Master Chen brewing two of his traditional Tieguanyin during our visit to his factory.
- ORIGIN: Longjuan, Anxi, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
- MEANING: Iron Goddess of Mercy (tie guan yin)
- CULTIVAR: Jinguanyin
- HARVEST TIME: Spring 2018
- TASTE: Orchid, acacia honey, stewed peach
- PRODUCER: Master Chen