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AnXi Tie Guan Yin

AnXi Tie Guan Yin

Tie-Guan-Yin (TGY) is the most famous of AnXi county's Oolong teas. Tie Guan Yin's complex process of rolling during oxidisation forms tight pellets of tea with a complex range of flavours which slowly emerge when brewed. Traditionally Tie Guan Yin Oolong was oxidised to over 50%, producing a deep brown coloured dry leaf tea, that was sometimes classed as an amber Oolong. Modern styles of Qing Xiang Oolong are much lighter and often mistaken as green tea due to the bright colour of the dried leaf. For this reason you will often find light Tie Guan Yin being called Jade Tie Guan Yin or just Jade Oolong.

The tea oxidisation process changes not just the appearance of the dried leaf but also the tea liquor into a golden colour with a deeper, somewhat roasted flavour. Qing Xiang Tie Guan Yin has a wonderful natural fragrance and mellowness with a sweet after taste that lingers for a long time after drinking. It's light oxidation produces a pale, translucent green to yellow liquor and depending on the specific mountain and method of production, lush green leaves.

As with Oolong & Wulong, Tie Guan Yin has a number of different ways of being spelt including, Ti Kuan Yin, Tieh Kwan Yin & Tie Kwan Yin etc. which are derived from the Min Nan language and dialects where it is pronounced Tit Kwun Yum or Thih-koan-im. The name Tie Guan Yin can be translated as Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva, Iron Goddess of Mercy or sometimes just Iron Buddha tea. Traditionally the premium grades of Tie Guan Yin are known as Tie Guan Yin Wang or Tie Guan Yin King, though today you will find many mediocre teas with this title.

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