Tieguanyin means “Iron Goddess”. It refers to Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy. It is said that this tea was gifted by Guan Yin herself to a lowly farmer in exchange for his compassion. He would tend daily to an abandoned Iron statue of the goddess.
Oolong is a partially oxidized tea. The leaves are sun withered and then dried on bamboo baskets indoors, which are turned every two hours and shaken to break leaf cells. The leaves are put through a hot panning machine when they reach a low oxidation level and are then allowed to dry overnight. The next day the leaves are wrapped in large cloth bags of up to 9kg and rolled in a special machine to bruise the leaves, up to 60 times in some cases, also contributing to the leaves being in little balls. The leaves are then dried in large ovens.
Produced in the Anxi province of Fujian, it is loved for its fine, dark leaves.
Directions: 1 level teaspoon per 200ml water. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes
Ingredients: Tie Guan Yin Oolong
Status: Not Organic. Contains Caffeine
Options: Loose Leaf and Biodegradable Tea Bags