Traditional Tie Guan Yin
Traditional Tie Guan Yin
Traditional Tie Guan Yin originated from Anxi County, China. The tea master, Zhang Nai Miao, the first generation of the Zhang family, first brought the Tie Guan Yin tea strain to Taiwan to be grown in the Mucha area in the 1890’s. Since then, the Tie Guan Yin strain has spread to other areas of Taiwan. However, because the traditional processing procedure of Tie Guan Yin is time-consuming and requires complicated skills, Zhang Xin Zhong, the current owner and 4th generation of the Zhang family, is the only tea farmer who still produces this Traditional Tie Guan Yin, called Zheng Cong Tie Guan Yin, meaning the real Tie Guan Yin in Taiwanese.
As the first son of a famous tea master’s family, Mr. Zhang continues the heritage of his family. He has been involved in the tea-making process from a very early age. He has learned all of the knowledge he needed to make Traditional Tie Guan Yin.
Making Traditional Tie Guan Yin requires highly sophisticated skills. After natural withering and stirring, Mr. Zhang performed the shaping and baking process for 50 times, the key to release the entire flavor and fragrance. The conditions of fresh leaves are different from season to season. Only a skillful tea master can tell the nuances, and adjust his techniques accordingly. Even the tea been packed, the tea has to be stored for at least 45 days, reaching the perfect balance between fragrance and sweetness.
That dedication results in teas of intense flavor and extraordinary structure. Traditional Tie Guan Yin is known for a soft mellow, full-bodied texture, mixed with ripe fruit, coconut taste and a nose of natural orchid and osmanthus, called “Guan Yin Charm”. Many tea drinkers are fond of the after-drinking sweetness blended with hints of citrus flavor. When brewed, the tea has a clean and vivid amber color with plentiful flavor even after several brews.
Traditional Tie Guan Yin is only made in spring and winter. Unlike other Oolong teas, Traditional Tie Guan Yin, after aged, reaches its gorgeous balance between fruit-driven sweetness and floral smell. This tea is extremely rare and can’t be missed!
Style of tea: Traditional Tie Guan Yin (Zheng Cong Tie Guan Yin, also Traditional Iron Goddess of Mercy)
Harvest date: Winter, 2015
Oxidation level: Medium
Roasting Level: Heavy
Location: Mucha area, Wenshan District, Taipei City
Picking Style: Hand Picked
Cultivar: Tie Guan Yin
Farm Elevation: 300-350 meters
Water Temperature: 203-212 F degrees / 95-100 C degrees
Steep Time: 1st/60 seconds, 2nd/60 seconds, 3rd/90 seconds, adding 30-40 seconds for subsequent infusions
For first steep, use only 80% amount of the serving water
Suggested Serving Size: 4 grams / 200 ml water
The same tea leaves can be steeped 6-7 times.
The aftertaste of this tea is wonderful, leaving my mouth with a sweet and clean feeling for ten minutes after finishing the first cup. The sides of my tongue kept on salivating for several minutes afterwards too, which is something that I’ve never experienced with this kind of tea.
From Hot Leaf Juice Tea