Ti Kuan Yin Tea, from the An-xi region of Fujian Province, China, represents the high-end of the traditional Ti Kuan Yin Teas. The dark emerald green leaves that are 40% oxidized are tightly wound and unfurl on brewing, imparting a smooth body and sweet finish. Ti Kuan Yin Tea is one of China's most beloved oolongs and is extremely time-consuming to produce (well over a dozen distinct steps in the processing are observed).
The cup is warm, soft and soothingly mineral in texture. Intriguing lingering floral aroma, lightly orchid, and gentle astringency. A meditative cup.
Ti Kuan Yin means 'Iron Goddess of Mercy', and is a reference to a beloved bodhisattva in Buddhism. According to legend, Kuan Yin presented this tea in reward to a kind, poor farmer who lovingly maintained her old, dilapidated temple. 'The key for your future,' she said, 'is just outside this temple.' Outside, the farmer found a seedling tea bush. After much care, the bush grew rich and full, with thick green leaves. The lovely tea from those leaves was shared with and appreciated by all. Thus, the magical Ti Kuan Yin oolong came into being.
Use 1 teaspoon per 24 to 36oz pot.
Use Very Hot (180º - 195ºF.) water.
Steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Can be infused 4 to 6 times.
Caffeine: 30 mg / 8 oz cup.