Tie Guan Yin (Ch: 鐵觀音; Eng: Iron Guan Yin or Iron Goddess of Mercy) is a distinct tea plant variety with origins in Anxi County, Fujian that was brought to Taiwan sometime in the late 1800’s.
When brewed, the crystal clear, amber colored infusion is full bodied and silky with a mouth watering mineral-rich quality to it. Warm and comforting roasted aromas reminiscent of toasted sweet grain along with notes of dried fruit that balance the woody, bittersweet backbone of this tea. The “Guan Yin Yun” (韻/Yun literally means “Rhyme,” but refers to the unique & lingering aftertaste) is quite long lasting with a distinctively fruit-accented bittersweet chocolaty finish.
Note: We strongly recommend brewing this tea on the strong side to really bring out the remarkable aftertaste. These tasting notes written using approximately 10 grams of leaf in a 150ml vessel, boiling water, and a 15-20 second first infusion. You can easily get 5-7 infusions out of this tea if you want to push it that far.
300g of 2020 Spring Muzha Competition Tie Guan Yin Tea
Taiwan’s Tie Guan Yin producers have maintained a traditional approach to processing this special tea cultivar, which involves a higher level of oxidation and a long, relatively low-temperature roasting process, as opposed to the very green, non-roasted style of Tie Guan Yin that is most often produced in Fujian today. Old-fashioned production and roasting methods tend to be viewed in Taiwan’s tea production circles as an essential part of Tie Guan Yin tea making that should be preserved and celebrated, since they create a finished tea with roasted flavors that beautifully balance against the subtle fruity sweetness and long lasting aftertaste which make teas produced from the Tie Guan Yin cultivar so unique and desirable.
This tea was judged as “Excellent” (優良 on the box label) in the Spring, 2020 Muzha Farmers’ Association Tie Guan Yin competition, which was held on May, 27-28, 2020. In contrast to other competitions in Taiwan that focus on a processing style and allow teas produced from any tea plant cultivar/variety to be entered, the Muzha competition restricts entries to 100% Tie Guan Yin cultivar teas only. An “Excellent” rating means this tea was judged by a panel of certified judges to be in the top ±50% of competition entries, and this rating makes this particular batch of tea an affordable way to experience a fantastic example of classic Muzha Tie Guan Yin without the hefty price tag associated with the highest award winners from the competition. The tea was sealed in its official tamper resistant packaging at the competition.