Tie Guan Yin Tea is the most famous of all Chinese oolongs. It got its name from a kind of tea tree named Tie Guan Yin in honor of Chinese Goddess of Mercy – Guanyin. She is actually more like the Buddhist equivalent of Madonna. She is bodhisattva, one who is qualified to reach nirvana, but decided to stay on Earth to bring everybody to enlightenment. Her numerous statues installed in many Buddhist temples, and woman who wants a child may pray to her.
This tea tree is an ideal material for making oolong tea. Grown in the An-xi region of China’s Fujian province, Tie Guan Yin is the world’s most featured oolong tea. 40% level of oxidation makes tightly wound, dense, homogenous tea of grey-green color with light “frosty” pattern.
The art of making Tie Guan Yin is enough complicated, especially in the end of process, when the tea is almost completed. It should be refined one last time at a very low temperature; at this point the most distinguishing feature of the tea (“frosty” pattern) appears. Tie Guan Yin Tea holds 3rd place in top Ten Famous Teas of China. This tea is so popular in Japan that it almost became synonym of oolong tea.
How to steep:
Use one teaspoon of tea per cup. Put the leaves into teapot and add hot, close to boiling point, water and steep about 3 min. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling.