Iron Goddess of Mercy
Iron Goddess of Mercy / / Tie Guan Yin
From Anxi County, Fujian Province, China
This is pure oolong pleasure - a light, sweet, nuttiness swaying towards the realms of green tea, this is the delicate speciality of these very large whole leaves grown in Anxi County.
Each leaf has been cloth wrapped and rolled by hand into 'iron like' balls which upon steeping unfurl to release maximum brewing potential. As oolong leaves are larger than most teas, they can be infused several times, each infusion creating a range of depths and flavour.
Brew Guide Per Cup:
Tea 1 teaspoon (3g)
Water 90*c // 300ml
Time 2-3 minutes
Reinfuse leaves x 3 to personal taste
Like all awesome teas there's a cool legend that goes with this:
There was a rundown temple which held an iron statue of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Every day a poor farmer named Wei would pass by and notice its condition; thinking "shame, nobody takes care of it". After several months, each day he began to sweep it clean and light incense as an offering to Guanyin. One night, he had a vision of Guanyin, telling him of treasure to be found behind the temple, and that he should take it and share it with the village. Behind the temple, Wei found no treasure but a small tea shoot. He took it into the fields and nurtured it into a large bush, from which a fine tea was produced. Wei and his village began selling the tea under the name Tieguanyin or Iron Goddess of Mercy. They all prospered and the temple was repaired to its former glory. Wei still stopped by the temple to make offerings and now took joy in the daily trip to his tea fields