Tie Guan Yin is one of the most sought and fabled oolongs of its kind. Tie Guan Yin stands for "Iron Goddess" and is named after the Chinese goddess of mercy which gave vision to a struggling farmer to begin cultivating the tea. The tea leaves produce a jade colored brew. The brew is described as having a floral taste and aroma. The difficulty of growing in the terrain of Fujian Province Mountains makes it extremely rare and valuable. Legend has it, that monks trained monkeys to pick the highest quality tea leaves. The term monkey's pick was coined and is used to characterize the highest quality of Tie Guan Yin. Regular consumption of Ti Guan Yin tea is believed to help control diabetes, promote a healthy heart, promote weight loss, and improve bone health.
Brewing Instructions: Use filtered water and bring it to boil (208 - 212℉). Portion amount of leaves according to kettle size and party (3 - 10g). The first few infusions should be steeped for approximately 3 - 4 minutes (steep time should increase with more infusions). Be careful not to over steep the tea, as it will leave a bitter taste to the brew.
Recommended Style: Gongfu Method – small clay tea pot (Yixing) or bowl (Gaiwan) with clay tea cups.