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Tie Guan Yin Oolong Brewing Guide

Oolong teas are partially oxidized through steaming, rolling, baking, and withering processes.  Their taste profiles vary from light, vegetal, and milky to bold, dark, cinnamon, and caramel. These are just a few of the flavors. The growing conditions, location, and processing methods play a large role in the flavor of the end result.

Tie Guan Yin or “Iron Goddess of Mercy”  tea comes from Anxi, Fujian province. Despite significant oxidation, it can be lightly processed to be more green,floral and fruity flavors or baked to give more oolong characteristics. It’s name is derived from a legend in which a poor young farmer notices the degradation of the local temple and goes to repair and take care of it. When he makes his offering to Guan Yin, the goddess comes in a dream and provides him with a secret tea plant hidden behind the temple which he then proceeds to plant and share with his community.

How to make

Brewing parameters:

Water Temperature- 100C

Teapot or gaiwan

rinse/wash tea- 5 seconds. Pour boiling water over the leaves, then immediately pour out into your serving cup. Fill each cup to warm it and discard this liquid.

1st infusion 30 seconds

2nd infusion-10 seconds

3rd infusion- 15 seconds

4th infusion- 20 seconds

5th infusion and on, continue to add 5 seconds to your infusion or lengthen the time to obtain a stronger brew.

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