- Tieguanyin Preparation
Also known as Iron Goddess of Mercy, Tieguanyin is Rank 3rd in Top Ten Famous Teas of China Tieguanyin is the world’s most renowned oolong tea. It is so popular that it has practically become the pronoun for oolong tea. This particular kind of supreme Tieguanyin is close to green tea, with only a little fermentation. Subsequently, it has a very flowery, delicate aroma without the green tea "grassiness" or astringency.
It should be noted that because of the low oxidation of our Tieguanyin Supreme it only has a shelf life of about 3 months, unless it is vacuum sealed and stored at approximately 23 degrees fahrenheit (-5 centigrade.)
Ingredients: Artisan oolong tea
Origin: Anxi, Fujian Province, China
Water Temperature: 192-204 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 rounded tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 20 seconds -- 3 minutes
Number of Infusions: 6-10 depending upon brewing method
Oolong is traditionally prepared using the traditional Chinese Gongfu method with a high leaf to water ratio (approximately 5 g tea to 5 oz water) and up to 6 short steepings, however, our Tieguanyin Supreme can also be prepared as you would a green tea steeping for 1-3 minutes, however the water should be between 192 degrees to boiling. Regardless of the method we recommend “blanching” or rinsing the tea for a couple of seconds in hot water prior to brewing. We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time (unless, of course, you are using the Chinese Gongfu method, in which case you would pour the tea into a warm serving pitcher after the recommended steeping time.) Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." However, leaving the tea leaves in the water will result in an over-infused, bitter tea. If you want a stronger cup of tea increase the amount of leaf rather than the steeping time. If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.