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Traditional Tie Guan Yin - Heavily Oxidized

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Product code: 19

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Origin: Anxi County, Fujian Province, China
Harvest: May 2013
Tea leaves: 3 - 4 opened leaves
Taste: sweet and toasty aroma with a warming flavour of toasted seeds and clean aftertaste

Weight: 50g


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Tie Guan Yin is also known as Iron Buddha and Iron Goddess of Mercy. This famous Chinese oolong comes from the Anxi County, Fujian, where it grows in the iron-rich soil of the mountains, and dates back to Qing Dynasty. Tie Guan Yin can be processed in two styles – the green or bouquet style and the browned or roasted style.

This is a roasted style Tie Guan Yin, which is the traditional way of processing this tea. The leaves are heavily oxidised to approximately 70-80% and then roasted over charcoal, producing a toasty, slightly smoky flavour. The dark, rolled leaves can be infused multiple times, but they won’t unfurl fully due to the high fire treatment. The golden orange infusion has a sweet and toasty aroma. Tie guan Yin has a warming flavour of toasted seeds and cocoa, and a nutty, sweet aftertaste. This combination of flavours goes well with almost any food, making Tie Guan Yin a popular choice of tea to serve at the dinner table.

Roasted Tie Guan Yin is pleasantly warming and comforting in cold weather. This tea can be consumed now, but it also matures well and can be successfully aged. 

Brewing Instructions:

Normal Brewing Method

Water Temperate: 100 ºC
Tea quantity: 3g tea leaves in a 350ml cup
Steep time: at least 1 minute.
Infusions: about 5 times – don't remove the leaves from the mug, as once the water level is low, simply add more water and keep going until the flavour of the tea is gone

Gong-Fu Cha Brewing Method

Brewing Parameters:
Vessel size: 90ml - 180ml
Tea quantity: 1/3 or 1/2 Vol. of vessel capacity
Water temperate: 100 ºC

Brewing Time:
Pre-heat your tea vessel with boiling water, discard water before putting tea in. Add the tea leaves to the heated vessel. Add boiling water to the leaves until tea vessel overflows. Discard water immediately, this is to rinse and heat the tea leaves before the 1st brew. 

1st steep - 5s
2nd steep - 10s
3rd steep - 10s
4th steep - 30s
5th steep - 60s
6th steep - as desired 

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