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Discover the essence of tradition and craftsmanship with our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, meticulously handpicked and crafted in Anxi’s renowned Xiping region. Each leaf of our Tie Guan Yin Oolong tea is carefully selected before the Grain Rain season, featuring uniform size and intact buds and leaves. Embracing ancient processing methods, our tea undergoes multiple refining stages, resulting in tightly rolled, lustrous green granules. This unique processing technique imparts a refined, orchid-like fragrance that is both delicate and enduring. With 36 hours of continuous crafting and adherence to the principles of “Three Guards, One Skill, One Supplement,” we ensure a tea of unparalleled quality and authenticity.

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Our Tie Guan Yin thrives in the pristine mountains of Anxi, where the specific climatic and geographic conditions create its distinct character. Grown at altitudes around 1,000 meters, these tea plants benefit from abundant mist and diffused sunlight, essential for developing their complex flavor profile. The region’s acidic red and lateritic soils, along with a year-round average temperature of 18°C and humidity levels between 78% and 84%, provide the perfect environment for our Tie Guan Yin to flourish. Experience the unique terroir and exceptional quality that only Anxi’s verdant landscapes can offer.

What Is Tie Guan Yin Tea?

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, often hailed as the “Iron Goddess of Mercy,” is a revered Chinese tea known for its exquisite flavor, complex aroma, and rich cultural heritage. The name “Tie Guan Yin” (铁观音) derives from a legendary tale about Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. According to lore, a poor farmer discovered a neglected temple with an iron statue of Guanyin and vowed to restore it. In return, Guanyin appeared to him in a dream and led him to a tea plant, which he cultivated and named after her. This divine connection is reflected in the tea’s name, with “Tie” meaning iron and “Guan Yin” representing the goddess, signifying both the tea’s robustness and its graceful, aromatic qualities. Originating in the 18th century in the Xiping region of Anxi, Fujian Province, Tie Guan Yin has a storied history that blends traditional craftsmanship with natural beauty. The Xiping region, characterized by its high-altitude terrain, rich acidic soils, and humid climate, provides the ideal environment for cultivating this tea. The area’s unique geographical conditions, including frequent mist and diffused sunlight, contribute to the tea’s distinctive orchid-like fragrance and the development of its nuanced flavor profile. This environment, combined with centuries-old production techniques, ensures the tea retains its unique characteristics. The production of Tie Guan Yin is a meticulous process that involves handpicking tender leaves, often one bud with two leaves, and subjecting them to a series of traditional crafting steps. These include withering, shaking, and multiple rounds of roasting and rolling, which can take up to 36 hours. Each step is carefully controlled to enhance the tea’s natural sweetness and to develop its characteristic tightly rolled leaves that are both dense and full of flavor. The result is a tea that offers a rich, velvety mouthfeel and a lingering floral aroma, which evolves beautifully through multiple infusions

Features of Our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

  • High Grades Available: We offer premium AA and AAA grade Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, each distinguished by its superior quality and meticulous production standards.
  • Aroma Options: Choose from our variety of aromatic profiles including aged fragrance, light fragrance, and strong fragrance, catering to diverse palate preferences.
  • Ingredients: Made from tender, handpicked leaves featuring one bud and two leaves, harvested before the Grain Rain season to ensure peak freshness and quality.
  • Origin: Sourced from the prestigious Xiping region of Anxi, a renowned area known for producing the finest Tie Guan Yin tea due to its ideal growing conditions.
  • Appearance: Our tea is characterized by its tightly rolled, uniform granules with a lustrous, sand-green color, indicating optimal craftsmanship and freshness.
  • Aroma: Enjoy a rich bouquet varying from the delicate, orchid-like notes of our light fragrance to the deep, mellow scent of our aged fragrance. The strong fragrance offers a robust floral profile with enduring freshness.
  • Flavor: Experience a complex flavor profile that combines a smooth, velvety texture with a sweet, lingering aftertaste. The aged fragrance tea offers deeper, more mature flavors, while the light and strong fragrances provide a vibrant, aromatic experience.
  • Quality: Our Tie Guan Yin tea adheres to traditional processing methods, including multi-stage roasting and meticulous handcrafting, ensuring a consistent, high-quality product.
  • Craftsmanship: Each batch undergoes a rigorous 36-hour process that includes hand-rolling, multiple roasting stages, and precise drying techniques to achieve the perfect balance of flavor and aroma.
  • Environmental Conditions: Grown at altitudes around 1,000 meters in Anxi’s mountainous terrain, benefiting from the region’s unique microclimate, acidic red soil, and high humidity, which contribute to the tea’s distinctive quality and flavor.
  • Health Benefits: Rich in antioxidants, our Tie Guan Yin supports overall wellness, promoting digestive health and providing a refreshing, revitalizing beverage option.

What Does Tie Guan Yin Oolong Taste Like?

Drinking Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is a captivating journey, where each aromatic profile—light, strong, and aged—offers a distinct tasting experience. Whether you prefer a gentle, vibrant, or mature flavor, Tie Guan Yin delivers a sophisticated and multifaceted sensory delight. With the light fragrance, the first infusion unveils a delicate floral aroma akin to fresh orchids or lilacs, setting the stage for a refined taste experience. The flavor profile is predominantly sweet and floral, featuring notes of honeysuckle and gardenia. These light, airy notes are complemented by subtle vegetal undertones, providing a refreshing balance. The light fragrance version is characterized by its smooth, velvety texture and a gentle, creamy body that enhances the tea’s luxurious mouthfeel. As you sip, you’ll notice a clean, sweet finish that leaves a pleasant, lingering floral aroma, making each cup feel fresh and revitalizing. For those who enjoy a more robust flavor, the strong fragrance Tie Guan Yin offers a vibrant and intense aromatic profile. The initial sips reveal a powerful floral bouquet, interlaced with richer, more pronounced notes that may remind you of fresh-cut flowers and a hint of stone fruit. The flavor is more assertive, with a deeper vegetal base that provides a bold contrast to the prominent floral notes. This version has a fuller body and a more complex taste, creating a dynamic experience that is both invigorating and satisfying. The strong fragrance leaves a long-lasting aftertaste, characterized by a robust floral essence that lingers delightfully on the palate. The aged fragrance Tie Guan Yin provides a completely different dimension. The aroma is mellower, with a mature, almost toasted quality, evoking the scent of aged wood or dried fruit. The taste is richly layered, with deeper, more complex notes of caramel, roasted nuts, and a hint of dried fruit. This aged version has a smooth, rounded body and a distinctive earthy undertone, which adds to its depth and character. The aged fragrance leaves a lasting impression with a sweet, slightly smoky aftertaste that evolves over time, offering a sophisticated and contemplative tea-drinking experience. Each aromatic profile of Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea—whether light, strong, or aged—presents a unique balance of floral sweetness, vegetal undertones, and complex flavors. This tea’s ability to maintain its nuanced character through multiple infusions makes it an exquisite choice for both new tea drinkers and seasoned connoisseurs alike.

Why You Should Try Tie Guan Yin Oolong?

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea stands out among tea varieties due to its rich cultural heritage, intricate processing methods, and unique sensory profile, offering a distinct and memorable tea experience. Here are five reasons why you should give tie guan yin tea a try:
  • Rich Cultural Heritage: Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is deeply rooted in Chinese tea culture, with a history that dates back to the 18th century. Its name, which translates to “Iron Goddess of Mercy,” is derived from a legendary tale involving the Buddhist deity Guanyin. This cultural significance not only adds to its allure but also reflects the traditional values and meticulous craftsmanship that go into producing this tea. Each cup of Tie Guan Yin offers a taste of history and tradition, making it a unique tea that carries the essence of its cultural origins, enriching the tea-drinking experience with a sense of heritage and authenticity.
  • Intricate Processing Techniques: The production of Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea involves a series of intricate, traditional processing techniques that set it apart from other teas. This meticulous process includes withering, shaking, rolling, and roasting, each performed with precision to develop the tea’s characteristic tightly rolled leaves and complex flavor profile. The labor-intensive methods, often spanning over 36 hours, are designed to enhance the natural flavors and aromas of the leaves. This dedication to traditional craftsmanship ensures that Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea delivers a multi-layered taste experience, with each infusion revealing new dimensions of its rich, floral, and slightly vegetal character.
  • Distinctive Orchid-Like Aroma: Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is renowned for its unique orchid-like aroma, a hallmark that distinguishes it from other teas. This captivating floral fragrance is naturally developed through the traditional processing methods and the unique terroir of Anxi’s Xiping region. The aroma is both delicate and enduring, providing a refreshing and sophisticated scent that elevates the tea-drinking experience. This distinct aromatic profile makes Tie Guan Yin not just a beverage but a sensory delight, where the enchanting floral notes play a significant role in its appeal, setting it apart from other oolongs and making it a favorite among tea connoisseurs.
  • Complex Flavor Profile: One of the defining characteristics of Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is its complex and evolving flavor profile. Unlike many teas that offer a singular taste experience, Tie Guan Yin unfolds with a series of nuanced flavors ranging from sweet floral notes to subtle vegetal and fruity undertones. Each infusion reveals a new aspect of the tea’s character, providing a dynamic and engaging tasting experience. This multi-dimensional flavor profile, which includes hints of gardenia, honeysuckle, and even toasted almonds, makes Tie Guan Yin exceptionally versatile and enjoyable, appealing to a wide range of palates and preferences.
  • Perfect Balance of Oxidation: Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea achieves a perfect balance of oxidation, which contributes to its distinctive taste and quality. Unlike fully oxidized black teas or minimally oxidized green teas, Tie Guan Yin undergoes partial oxidation, typically around 15% to 50%. This precise control of oxidation allows the tea to retain its fresh, floral characteristics while developing richer, more complex flavors. The result is a tea that combines the brightness and freshness of green tea with the depth and complexity of black tea, offering a uniquely balanced flavor that is both refreshing and satisfying, making it a standout among oolong teas

How to Tell the Quality of Tie Guan Yin Tea?

For customers who are new to Tie Guan Yin and want to know more about its quality, here are four tips you can follow:
  • Leaf Appearance: The first indicator of quality in Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is the appearance of its leaves. High-quality Tie Guan Yin leaves are meticulously handpicked, featuring a consistent size and shape, with a tightly rolled, ball-like structure. The leaves should exhibit a glossy, sand-green color that reflects their freshness and proper oxidation. When examining the dry leaves, look for a uniform, unbroken appearance with minimal stems and dust. Upon brewing, the leaves should unfurl smoothly, revealing a vibrant green hue with well-defined veins. This indicates the leaves were carefully processed and preserved. The density of the rolled leaves should feel substantial in your hand, suggesting a rich content of essential oils and nutrients. These characteristics are hallmarks of premium Tie Guan Yin, ensuring that the tea not only looks appealing but also retains the integrity needed to deliver its full range of flavors and aromas. A visually appealing leaf is a precursor to a superior tea-drinking experience, reflecting the meticulous craftsmanship involved in producing high-quality Tie Guan Yin.
  • Aroma Profile: The aromatic profile of Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is a key quality marker and offers insight into the tea’s processing and freshness. When you first open the package, the dry leaves should emit a fresh, vibrant aroma. For the light fragrance variety, expect delicate floral notes similar to orchids or lilies. The strong fragrance variant should have a more pronounced, robust floral scent, sometimes accompanied by hints of stone fruit or honey. The aged fragrance tea presents a different aromatic experience, characterized by a mellow, toasted scent with undertones of dried fruit, wood, or caramel. When brewed, high-quality Tie Guan Yin releases a complex bouquet that evolves with each infusion, maintaining its aromatic intensity and clarity. The aroma should be inviting and consistent, indicative of the tea’s purity and careful handling. A lingering, pleasant fragrance in both the dry leaves and the brewed tea signifies a high-grade Tie Guan Yin, reflecting its meticulous cultivation, expert processing, and the unique environmental conditions of its origin.
  • Flavor Complexity: The flavor complexity of Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is a direct reflection of its quality and the expertise involved in its production. A high-grade Tie Guan Yin offers a nuanced, multi-layered taste experience that evolves with each infusion. Initially, the tea presents a sweet, floral flavor, often reminiscent of honeysuckle or gardenia, with a smooth transition into subtle vegetal or fruity notes. The light fragrance variety provides a fresh, crisp taste with a delicate sweetness, while the strong fragrance offers a more intense, robust flavor profile with deeper floral and fruity accents. The aged fragrance tea stands out with its rich, mature flavor, featuring deeper, toasted notes and hints of caramel or roasted nuts. Each infusion should reveal new dimensions of taste, with a balanced and harmonious blend of flavors that remains enjoyable throughout the tea session. This evolving complexity is a hallmark of high-quality Tie Guan Yin, indicating that the tea leaves were expertly processed to preserve and enhance their natural flavor profile.
  • Aftertaste and Mouthfeel: The aftertaste and mouthfeel of Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea are crucial indicators of its quality, providing a lasting impression of the tea’s overall character. A premium Tie Guan Yin leaves a long, clean aftertaste that is slightly sweet, with enduring floral or fruity notes that linger pleasantly on the palate. This aftertaste should be free from any bitterness or astringency, even after multiple infusions. The mouthfeel of high-quality Tie Guan Yin is smooth and velvety, offering a creamy body that enhances the tea’s richness and depth. This sensation should be both comforting and satisfying, coating the palate and providing a luxurious drinking experience. The combination of a long-lasting aftertaste and a rich mouthfeel signifies a finely crafted tea, reflecting the careful balance of oxidation and roasting processes. These qualities contribute to the overall enjoyment of Tie Guan Yin, making it a delightful choice for both casual tea drinkers and connoisseurs who appreciate the intricate craftsmanship behind each cup.

Why Our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea Is So Good?

At Oolong Garden, our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea stands out due to its unparalleled craftsmanship, superior quality, and rich heritage, delivering a tea experience that captivates and delights.
  • Exceptional Leaf Selection: At Oolong Garden, the journey to exceptional Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea begins with meticulous leaf selection. We harvest only the most tender leaves, typically featuring one bud and two leaves, chosen during the prime picking period before the Grain Rain season. This careful timing is crucial, as it ensures the leaves are at their peak flavor and nutritional content. Our expert tea pickers are trained to identify and select leaves that exhibit uniform size, intact edges, and a vibrant green hue, indicating optimal freshness. These premium leaves are rich in essential oils and catechins, which contribute to the tea’s unique aroma and robust flavor. Each batch undergoes a rigorous quality control process to remove any damaged or subpar leaves, ensuring that only the best raw material proceeds to the next stage of production. This dedication to selecting high-quality leaves lays the foundation for the superior taste of our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, allowing us to deliver a product that consistently delights the senses and provides a truly remarkable tea-drinking experience.
  • Traditional Craftsmanship: The exquisite taste of our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is a result of our commitment to traditional craftsmanship, a process that has been refined and perfected over centuries. At Oolong Garden, we adhere to these time-honored methods, beginning with the careful withering of the freshly picked leaves to reduce moisture and initiate the development of their unique flavor profile. This is followed by a meticulous shaking process, which bruises the leaf edges to encourage oxidation, a critical step that enhances the tea’s complexity. Our skilled tea masters then engage in multiple rounds of rolling and roasting, a labor-intensive procedure that shapes the leaves into their characteristic tight, ball-like form while gradually building layers of flavor. Each stage is closely monitored and adjusted to achieve the desired balance of floral, fruity, and vegetal notes. This artisanal approach not only preserves the natural qualities of the leaves but also amplifies them, resulting in a tea that embodies the depth and intricacy characteristic of authentic Tie Guan Yin. Our dedication to these traditional methods ensures a product that consistently offers a rich, nuanced taste experience.
  • Unique Aromatic Profiles: Our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea at Oolong Garden is celebrated for its diverse aromatic profiles, catering to a wide range of palates. We offer this tea in three distinct fragrance varieties: light, strong, and aged, each crafted to highlight different aspects of the tea’s character. The light fragrance variant is known for its delicate, orchid-like aroma and subtle sweetness, ideal for those who enjoy a gentle and refreshing tea experience. It offers a crisp, clean taste that is both invigorating and soothing. The strong fragrance version provides a more robust and vibrant floral aroma, with pronounced notes of gardenia and honeysuckle that deliver a fuller, more intense flavor profile. This variant appeals to those who prefer a bolder and more dynamic tea. The aged fragrance variety, on the other hand, is rich and complex, featuring deeper, toasted notes with hints of dried fruit and caramel, offering a sophisticated and mature flavor that evolves beautifully over multiple infusions. These carefully developed aromatic profiles ensure that every cup of our Tie Guan Yin provides a distinct and memorable tasting experience, making it easy to find a perfect match for your preferences.
  • Ideal Growing Conditions: The exceptional taste of our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is deeply rooted in the ideal growing conditions of the Xiping region in Anxi, where our tea is cultivated. This area is renowned for its unique combination of high-altitude terrain, rich acidic red soil, and a climate that is perfectly suited for tea growing. Situated around 1,000 meters above sea level, the high elevation provides cooler temperatures and misty conditions, which are essential for the development of the tea’s complex flavor profile. The frequent fog and diffused sunlight create an environment where the tea plants thrive, fostering the accumulation of aromatic compounds and essential oils that contribute to the tea’s distinctive taste. The soil, rich in minerals and slightly acidic, further enhances the tea’s quality by providing optimal nutrients for the tea plants. Additionally, the region’s consistent humidity levels, typically ranging between 78% and 84%, and an average annual temperature of 18°C, create perfect conditions for the growth of premium Tie Guan Yin leaves. These environmental factors, combined with our careful cultivation practices, ensure that our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea possesses a unique, well-balanced flavor that reflects the natural excellence of its origin.
  • Commitment to Freshness: Ensuring the freshness of our Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is a top priority at Oolong Garden, as it is essential for preserving the tea’s vibrant flavor and aromatic qualities. We implement stringent measures to maintain the tea’s freshness from the moment it is harvested until it reaches our customers. Each batch of tea is processed promptly after picking to lock in its natural flavors and aromas. Our state-of-the-art storage facilities are designed to protect the tea from exposure to air, moisture, and light, all of which can degrade its quality. The tea is packaged in airtight, vacuum-sealed containers that prevent oxidation and preserve its delicate fragrance. This careful handling ensures that the tea retains its original freshness and complexity, allowing you to enjoy its full spectrum of flavors with every cup. By prioritizing freshness, we provide a product that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of discerning tea drinkers, delivering a consistently superior tea experience that highlights the true essence of Tie Guan Yin

FAQ of Tie Guan Yin Tea

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, also known as "Iron Goddess of Mercy," is a premium variety of Oolong tea that originates from Anxi County in Fujian Province, China. It is renowned for its complex flavor profile, which includes floral and vegetal notes, and its distinctive orchid-like aroma. This tea undergoes a meticulous process involving partial oxidation and traditional craftsmanship, resulting in tightly rolled leaves that unfurl beautifully when brewed.

 

To brew Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, use fresh, filtered water heated to around 85-90°C (185-194°F). Place 1-2 teaspoons of tea leaves per 250 ml (8 oz) of water in a teapot or infuser. Steep for 2-3 minutes for the first infusion. Subsequent infusions can be slightly longer, around 30-60 seconds each. Tie Guan Yin can be infused multiple times, with each infusion revealing new layers of flavor. Adjust the steeping time based on your taste preference to enjoy the full complexity of the tea.

 

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is rich in antioxidants, particularly catechins, which can help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. It may aid in digestion, improve metabolism, and support weight management. The tea’s polyphenols are known for promoting heart health by reducing cholesterol levels. Additionally, the presence of L-theanine in Tie Guan Yin can enhance mental alertness while providing a calming effect, making it a healthy and invigorating beverage choice.

 

To preserve the freshness and flavor of Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea, store it in an airtight container away from light, heat, and moisture. A cool, dark place such as a pantry or cupboard is ideal. Avoid storing the tea in the refrigerator or freezer, as condensation can degrade its quality. Proper storage ensures that the tea retains its vibrant aroma and rich taste for a longer period, allowing you to enjoy its full complexity with every brew.

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is available in three main aromatic profiles: light fragrance, strong fragrance, and aged fragrance. The light fragrance variety offers a delicate, floral aroma with fresh orchid-like notes, perfect for a subtle tea experience. The strong fragrance version provides a more robust floral scent, delivering a fuller, more intense flavor. The aged fragrance tea features a mature, toasted aroma with hints of dried fruit and caramel, appealing to those who appreciate a deeper, more complex tea. Each profile provides a unique tasting experience, catering to different preferences.

 

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods due to its balanced flavor profile. It complements light, delicate foods such as steamed fish, seafood, and lightly seasoned vegetables. Its floral and creamy notes also pair well with sweet pastries, mild cheeses, and fruit-based desserts. For a more savory pairing, try it with dishes that feature subtle, umami flavors, such as mushroom risotto or chicken with a light sauce. The tea's versatility makes it a delightful accompaniment to both sweet and savory dishes, enhancing the overall dining experience

Grade

AA, AAA

Aroma

Aged Fragrance, Light Fragrance, Strong Fragrance

Weight

50g/1.76oz, 100g/3.53oz, 250g/8.82oz, 500g/17.64oz

Brand

Oolong Garden

Caffeinated

Low Caffeine

Feature

Fair Trade, Gluten-free, Kosher, Low-calorie, Sugar-free, Vegan

Fermentation Level

Lightly Fermented, Medium Fermented

Roasting Level

Lightly Roasted, Medium Roasted

Harvest Region

Anxi, Fujian Province

Health Benefits

Antioxidant, Balancing, Detoxing, Digestive, Energy, Hydrating, Slimming

Sweetness

Unsweetened

Flavor

Classic

Origin

China

Forms & Package

Loose Leaf, Ready Serve

Tea Type

Oolong Tea

Preparation

Hot & Iced

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