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Jade Tie Guan Yin, Oolong - China

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Price: £6.00
Description
Flavour profile: Delicate orchid flowery notes that work in harmony with a light green buttery oolong with a silky velvet mouthfeel and minerality bite in finish.
 
Strength: 3/5, Astringency: 2/5, Sweetness: 3/5
 
Leaf: Beautiful dark & bright green tightly twisted loose ball shape that open into large dark green leaves with a broken edges and produces a thick yet clear translucent yellow infusion. The broken edges of the leaf result from a unique beating process to remove the bitter tasting red leaf edges which real Tieguanyin cultivars naturally produce.
 
Produced: Spring harvest, 2019
Tea Cultivar:  Hong Xin Tie guan yin varietal   Elevation: 2300ft
Origin: Xi Ping, An Xi County (Nanyan Region), Fujian Province, China.

Background: Our lighter roast Jade bouquet first flush spring quality of this famous Oolong tea is hand picked & produced on Mr Lin's tea farm in the Nanyan (nán-yán) region of Anxi. This is the authentic area of original ancestry, known for the silkiness of its texture and fragrant floral aroma. Unlike certain other Chinese oolongs (eg. Dancongs / Wuyi) where older bushes are prized, in Anxi very young knee-high bushes produce the best aroma, making for back-breaking picking. The final finishing of our TGY tea is overseen by Lao Lin (Old Lin) Mr Lin's father who worked the land before him!

The popularity of this tea in the region and even across south-east Asia is reflected by the many names it is know by: Tieguanyin; Tie'guanyin; Te Guan Yin; Teguanyin; Guanyin or even Tit Koon Yum. In English Tiěguānyīn is commonly translated as 'Iron Goddess of Mercy' a Chinese deity most popular in Chinese folk culture, however 'Observing the Voice of the People' is a closer translation. This deity is named after the female embodiment of Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva - the 'Lord who looks down' - who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas!

Brewing guide: In the regions it is most popular, advocates of this tea would frequently drink it Gong-fu cha and as such we recommend you also try it this way! The idea is to use double the normal tea with about 150ml water, concentrating the aroma and flavour. Try using 5-6grams per 150ml @ 85C repeatedly steeped for short periods, eg. 1minute, 1min30s, 2minutes, 4minutes. To work properly, you really need a small teapot, gaiwan or teacup with a lid. For western style use 3 grams per 250ml, brewed at 85C for 2min30s. This equates to about 1 heaped teaspoon. Water should be caught just under the boil and add ⅕ cold water to ⅘ hot water to get the right temperature.

 

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