Tie Guan Yin is the darkest and woodiest of the semi-oxidized China teas (oxidation: 30-40%).
The darkest and most woody of the semi-oxidized teas from China, producing a beautiful amber infusion that suggests cinnamon and licorice. This is the best-loved oolong tea in China.
The notes are all expressed very intensely and simultaneously, the end of the palate remains fresh, supported by the acidity of the tea.
Appearance: tightly rolled leaf
Colors: dark green verging on black and brown
Aromas: fresh herbaceous and woody-burnt nose.
Brewed leaves (infusion)
Color: olive green.
Aromas: floral and marine notes are added to the herbaceous-woody bouquet.
Texture: slightly astringent
Flavors: a touch of acidity
Aromas: fresh woody with iodized and mineral accents. Seaweed, salmon, wicker, dry wood, artichoke, bread-crumbs and flint are some of the notes that build up in the cup.
Story: Produced in the district of Anxi, Tie Guan Yin is one of China’s most popular oolong teas. Its name refers both to the tea and its cultivar – a tea bush with fleshy, oval leaves, also known as Guan Yin with the Red Heart because of the violet-red color of the young buds.
A traditional Tie Guan Yin must have a “taste of fire” – the mineral and roasted notes that come both from the oxidation, pushed as far as 30% (30% or the leaf surface is blackened, mostly around the edges, while 70% remains green), and the quite protracted firing at the end of the manufacturing process.