TIE GUAN YIN oolong tea

Oolong Tea from China
"Iron Goddess of Mercy", it's the Chinese's favorite oolong tea.
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  • Infusion Time 5' - 7'

  • Quantity 0.2oz / 30cl

  • Temperature of infusion 203°F / 95°C

  • Time of the day Evening


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.

Dry leaves

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.


Color: golden

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.

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