Our Spring 2018 Iron Goodess of Mercy has been lightly baked and is a modern representation of Anxi’s most famous oolong tea. This fresh, lightly roasted, green style of tie guan yin has an aromatic floral bouquet with thirst quenching properties.
Traditionally Tie Guan Yin was heavily roasted. However, in recent times unroasted and lightly baked styles are gaining popularity. Tie Guan Yin is considered one China’s top ten famous teas.
Origin: Xianghua, Anxi, Fujian, China
Flavour profile: Velvety | Floral | Almond milk
Processing highlights: There are many distinct steps in processing Tie Guan Yin. It involves plucking, sun withering, indoor oxidation, tossing, fixing, primary rolling, secondary rolling and shaping into semi-balled shapes (repeated), and finally drying and stem removal. Our lightly baked Iron Goddess of Mercy undergoes a final roasting to finish the tea before being sealed and refrigerated.
The tossing of the tea leaves is unique to the processing of Tie Guan Yin as it accelerates oxidation, creating red edges on the tea leaves and the aroma that characterises this tea.
Cultivar: Tie Guan Yin
Tea Master: Lu Wei
Anxi county in Fujian is famed for producing the best Tie Guan Yin. The area has a subtropical environment, plenty of rainfall and fertile soil making ideal growing conditions. Anxi is mountainous and contains a mix of forests, small creeks and quality tea gardens.
As the origin of Tie Guan Yin, the tea producers in Anxi work hard to preserve both the local tea culture and natural environment.
A delicate and soft liquor with a bright floral head notes and a slight almond milk character.
Tie Guan Yin pairs well with spicy foods, white meats, spicy foods, fruits, caramels, chocolate and rice dishes. The refreshing character of the tea results in a versatile tea that pairs well with many foods.
Leaf appearance: Brilliant green leaf rolled into semi-balled shapes
Aroma: An aromatic flowery bouquet of jasmine, orchid and gardenia
Liquor colour: Golden yellow