Tobacco, leather, and winter evergreen
Oolong Tea · medium oxidation · dark roast
Iron Goddess of Mercy, known as Tie guan yin or Ti Kuan Yin, originated in the Fujian Province of China. In its Chinese tradition, this oolong tea was lightly oxidized and barely roasted. In its new home of Taiwan, cultivators found that a slow, repeated roast plus hand kneading brings out a better bouquet. Thus, a new tradition emerged from the old as new roots were born in a new land. Subtle is not the word here.
The roast notes are heavy, like an old man smoking cigars on side street hickory benches. It is the peat whiskey of teas.
Tie Guan Yin is a tea with a fabled history and folklore. Its origins have conflicting stories, depending on who you ask. Tie Guan Yin translates to “Iron ‘Guanyin” , Guanyin is know to be the Goddess of Mercy.