Our tea masters travelled all the way to Anxi to source the most authentic Tie Guan Yin (also known as 'Ti Kuan Yin' or 'Tie Kuan Yin'), the most famous oolong tea from China. The Tieguanyin you see on this page is the result of visiting over 15 different tea farms and tasting more than a hundred types before we made our choice.
When it comes to the appearance, the fairly compressed leaves are pretty. The natural mix of green colors is a pleasure to look at, and reminds you off the view of a walk in the forest. The color palette also kind of looks like our Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea. While looks matter it can sometimes be misleading. The fragrance, taste and after taste is what eventually closed the deal for us. The flowery aroma, sweet taste, and complex texture of this tea is like a gift from nature. The way one experience a tea can sometimes be quite personal, but we're sure that this Tie Guan Yin will not disappoint you.
When you take a sip of this tea, you'll notice that the tea liquor drinks very smoothly, and it will not leave a dry taste in the back of the mouth like mediocre oolong teas. If you believe oolong tea isn't something for you because it's bitter, then you probably haven't tried a good one yet. It's the teas that consists of broken leaves or dust that steep a very bitter cup. Some low grade Tieguanyins sometimes even have a high level of stem content, increasing the weight of the tea, which is very misleading for customers. This is what you don't have to worry about at all. Our tea experts already have curated the best Tie Guan Yin from Anxi for you. It consists mainly consists of full leaves releasing only delicate soft and smooth flavors. The best part is that you can brew the same leaves up to 8-9 times, and enjoying the nuances in flavor at every step. Better value, you can't get!
Anxi Tie Guan Yin Origin
As the name already implies, this Tie Guan Yin comes from Anxi Nature Reserve in Fujian Province, which has been a prosperous tea growing region throughout history, and a major tea export area since the Song dynasty.
"Tie Guan Yin” Meaning
The name of this tea refers to the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Guanyin, who is known in Japan as Kannon and in Korea as Guam-eum, due to the tea’s unique purifying and meditative flavor, which are qualities always associated with Guan Yin. 'Tie' means 'iron refers to the tightly compressed form of this tea and the sound (that resembles 'iron') when this tea is dropped in a teapot.
The polyphenol compound found in Tie Guan Yin and other Oolong teas is very effective in controlling the fat metabolism of the body. It activates certain enzymes and thus enhances the functions of the fat cells in human body. Daily consumption of oolong tea can reduce risk of obesity or support you in loosing weight.The Anxi nature reserve Tie Guan Yin can be brewed for up to 9 times without losing its flavor and taste. The third or fourth brew taste usually the best.
|Steeping time||3-4 min|
|Steeping temperature||100 °C - 212 °F|
|Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot||2-5 gram|
|Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz)||1 tbsp|
|Tea Caffeine Content||medium|
|Tea Region||Anxi County|
|Tea in Chinese||安溪铁观音|