A very lightly oxidized oolong, farmed organically very far away from the land that made this cultivar famous. This modern style tea offers top of flowers followed by poached leafy greens and a silky finish.
What is Tie Guanyin (Iron Goddess of Mercy)?
Tie Guanyin (Iron Guanyin, or Buddhist Goddess of Mercy | 鐵觀音) is one of most famous oolong teas in China; it is originally from Anxi, in Southern Fujian Province. The tea is also very popular among Cantonese people.
There are several levels of oxidization available for this tea, from very green (flowery flavour) to highly oxidized (ideally charcoal fired, and much warmer in energy).
This particular tea is modern style, very lightly oxidized.
Why Yellow Mountain?
We're travelled twice to Anxi, the origin of Tie Guanyin. Whereas we appreciate the rich history and beautiful geography of this land... we're been a bit frustrated by intensive farming and wide-spread use of pesticides in this region; we have failed to find a grower whose tea we would be proud to share.
This garden in Yellow Mountain imported tea trees from Fujian, with the objective of replicating (as much as possible), Tie Guanyin. Inevitably, the tea's profile is NOT the same as that of Anxi... but we find that this smooth, sustainably grown tea is very pleasant to drink.
Huang Shan, Anhui, China
30.0ºN 118.9ºE alt. 500m
Flowers, followed by poached leafy greens and a silky finish