Tea Curation: Tie Guan Yin



Introduction to Tie Guan Yin teas

Tieguanyin (铁观音; traditional Chinese; literally: Iron Goddess of Mercy) is a premium variety of Chinese oolong tea originated in the 19th century in Anxi in Fujian province. In this curation, we bring 4 kinds of Tie Guan Yin teas, 3 spring harvest teas and 1 aged tea .

 1. Tie guan yin, Anxi, Fujian, China

Many think that Tie Guan Yin is just like the green tea because of the dry leaf is greenish in colour. However, this is absolutely wrong. In fact, Tie Guan Yin is a highly fermented tea despite its colour is green. Although it looks as green as green tea, it is very different from green tea. Tie Guan Yin’s fermentation rate is actually higher than Taiwan high mountain oolong tea.

Tasting note: A light caramel taste with amber-green liquor and a smooth texture on the tongue. The flowery and fruity profile of this tea has a touch of  pleasant orchid notes.

 2. High-mountain Tie guan yin, Anxi, Fujian, China

Compared to the earlier Tie Guan Yin, this tea is grown as altitude of above 1000 metres. High mountain tea leaves grow slowly due to the lack of air in high altitudes. Hence, the yield of such tea are relatively low every year but the flavors and aromas are intensified.

Tasting notes: A creamy and caramel taste, becoming sweeter through successive infusions as compared to the lowland tie guan yin. The nose is richer but not overwhelming, and sweet lingering aftertaste after subsequent brews.

 3. Heavy Roasted High-mountain Tie guan yin, Anxi, Fujian, China

This heavy roasted Tieguanyin is bold and complex, it has been given more oxidation and a traditional-style, dark-brown roasting. Generally this type of oolong preferred by older Chinese tea drinkers, but in recent years, it has become popular with the younger drinkers.

Tasting notes: A roasty-toasty rich flavor with significant ‘woodiness’ and a delightful melange of charcoal and chocolate aroma.

 4. 7 years aged Tie guan yin, Anxi, Fujian, China

Aged oolongs are rare in the world of teas. Unlike pu’ers that change through microbial activity, oolong leaves age naturally. And whereas pu’er teas are considered “living teas” that must be exposed to air, aged oolongs are often kept sealed as they age. This tea was harvested in 2009. While most aged oolong teas on the market are reroasted every few years, destroying most of their natural aged characteristics, this traditional style Tieguanyin has been left undisturbed.

Tasting notes: The end result of aging is a tea rich with the aroma of plums and nuts, and a distinctly crisp finish, reminiscent of a fresh Tieguanyin, but with an added complexity and depth developed during the aging process.

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