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Groene Oolong Tin Kuan Yin

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Description

Tie Guan Yin, also known as Iron Goddess Oolong, is an oolong tea with a rich history and a unique production process. Originating from Fujian, China, this tea perfectly balances the robust depth of black tea and the refreshing lightness of green tea. With its distinctive floral aroma and a smooth yet complex flavor profile, Tie Guan Yin is loved by tea lovers worldwide. The tea takes its name from the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Guanyin, and symbolizes the care and attention that goes into every step of its production. From the careful selection of leaves to the expert fermentation and baking process, each stage contributes to Tie Guan Yin's unique qualities. This oolong not only offers a refined taste experience, but is also known for its health-promoting properties, including supporting digestion and strengthening the immune system.

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What does Tie Guan Yin taste like?

Tie Guan Yin offers a complex flavor profile distinguished by its seductive balance between sweet and floral, with a hint of a fruity aftertaste. The first sip reveals a light but rich velvety texture, followed by a wave of floral notes that awakens the senses. This leads to a surprisingly sweet and refreshing aftertaste that lingers in the mouth for a long time.

Depending on the processing, the tea can range from a light green, almost jade-like color with a more delicate flavor, to a more deeply oxidized, golden brown hue that offers a richer, slightly nutty experience. The art of tasting Tie Guan Yin lies in appreciating the layering and depth of flavors that unfold with each sip.

How strong is Tie Guan Yin?​

The strength of Tie Guan Yin is closely related to the brewing technique. This oolong tea is versatile; a short brew time reveals a soft, floral softness, while a longer brew time brings out the deeper, richer notes without overpowering.

The tea has a unique capacity to undergo multiple infusions, with each round unlocking a new dimension of flavor. This makes it possible to adjust the strength to personal preference, without sacrificing the complexity and sophistication that characterizes Tie Guan Yin.

How do you brew Tie Guan Yin?

The ideal preparation of Tie Guan Yin requires attention and respect for tradition. Start with fresh, filtered water and heat it to about 80°C - 90°C. Use about 1-1.5 teaspoons of tea leaves per cup and let it steep for 2 to 3 minutes. For a more intense taste experience, you can increase the amount of tea leaves and extend the brewing time slightly.

Using a traditional Chinese gaiwan or a Yixing teapot can enrich the experience, bringing out the subtle flavors and aromas of the Tie Guan Yin.

Tie Guan Yin

Tie Guan Yin, often praised as the Iron Goddess of Mercy, stands as one of the most revered oolong teas, boasting a rich history deeply rooted in Chinese tea culture. Legend has it that this tea was first discovered by a devoted farmer named Wei. He took care of a neglected statue of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, in an ancient temple. In gratitude for his devotion, Guanyin appeared in his dream and led him to a precious tea bush, which he then cultivated. This tea, which he named Tie Guan Yin, would make the Anxi region in Fujian province famous.

Tie Guan Yin is distinguished by its unique processing method, which falls between that of black and green teas. The production process includes sunning the leaves, gently browning (also called roasting), and rolling them multiple times to achieve the characteristic shape. These steps result in a complex flavor profile that is both floral and somewhat creamy, with a pleasant sweetness that lingers long in the mouth.

Differences with Other Oolongs

Oolong teas span a wide spectrum of partially oxidized teas, and Tie Guan Yin stands out for its lighter oxidation level and unique floral tones. Here are some distinguishing factors:

  • Oxidation Level: Tie Guan Yin has a lighter oxidation level compared to more traditionally heavily oxidized oolongs, such as those from the Wuyi Mountains. This lighter oxidation highlights the fresh, floral aromas.
  • Flavor Profile: Tie Guan Yin is known for its distinctive soft yet rich taste with floral notes and a hint of fruitiness, while other oolongs like Da Hong Pao have a more robust, earthy, and sometimes smoky profile.
  • Production Process: The processing method of Tie Guan Yin, particularly the rolling and baking, is refined to preserve its unique taste and aroma. Other oolongs may undergo a more intensive baking process, resulting in a darker color and a more pronounced roasted flavor.
  • Leaf Quality and Shape: Tie Guan Yin leaves are typically bright green and rolled into a tight ball, which differs from the longer, sometimes twisted leaves of other oolong teas.

The history and processing method of Tie Guan Yin give it a special place within the world of oolong teas. The careful balance between tradition and craftsmanship required for its production reflects the deep cultural appreciation for tea in China and offers tea lovers worldwide a unique and enriching experience.

Health Benefits of Tie Guan Yin

In addition to its refined taste and rich history, Tie Guan Yin tea offers various health benefits, thanks to the presence of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These benefits make it an excellent choice for daily consumption:

  1. Antioxidants: Tie Guan Yin is rich in antioxidants, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. This can contribute to reducing cellular damage and lowering the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease and some forms of cancer.

  2. Stress Reduction: The presence of theanine, an amino acid unique to tea, can help promote relaxation and reduce stress. Theanine works by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA, which has a natural calming effect.

  3. Digestion: Oolong tea, including Tie Guan Yin, is known for its ability to improve digestion. It can help speed up metabolism and promote healthy weight management.

  4. Bone Health: Regular consumption of oolong tea can contribute to stronger bones and a lower chance of osteoporosis. The tea contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium, which are essential for maintaining bone density.

  5. Oral Health: Tie Guan Yin contains fluoride, a mineral that can help strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay.

  6. Energy and Focus: Although its caffeine content is lower than that of coffee, Tie Guan Yin provides a moderate amount of caffeine that can help improve alertness and focus, without the peaks and troughs often associated with coffee consumption.

  7. Immune System: The antioxidative properties of Tie Guan Yin can also strengthen the immune system, making the body better able to fight off infections and diseases.

These health benefits, combined with its unique flavor profile and cultural richness, make Tie Guan Yin an excellent addition to a balanced lifestyle. However, it is always advisable to drink tea in moderation and consider individual health conditions and preferences.

Frequently asked questions about Tie Guan Yin​

Do you have a question about using Tie Guan Yin? Below we have answered the most frequently asked questions for you.

Tie Guan Yin can be infused multiple times, often up to five times, with each infusion revealing unique flavors and aromas.

Yes, Tie Guan Yin contains a moderate amount of caffeine, less than black tea but more than green tea, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a mild stimulating effect.

Store Tie Guan Yin in a cool, dry place, away from strong odors and direct sunlight. An airtight tea tin is ideal for maintaining quality.

Tie Guan Yin can play a supportive role in weight loss as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, thanks to its metabolism-boosting properties.

Yes, due to its light oxidation and gentle processing, Tie Guan Yin is generally easy to digest and can even aid digestion.

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Category Oolong Tea Brand Het Kleinste Huis In stock 5 Items SKU 307-50
Gluten Gluten free
Lactose Lactose-free
Nuts Nut-free
Country of origin China, provence Fujian
Ingredients Oolong
Amount of tea per cup 1 - 2 tea spoons
Indication brewing time 2 - 3 minutes
Temperature water 80 ºC - 90 ºC (176 °F - 194 °F)
Organically grown? No
Palette Subtiele kastanjesmaak
Color infusion Light yellow
Caffeine? Yes
Time of day Throughout the day
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Groene Oolong Tin Kuan Yin

€9.75
Tax included
Weight

Tea Shop The Smallest House

  • Amsterdam's tea shop for over 10 years
  • From €45 free shipping in NL
  • Free sample bag with every order
  • Pay afterwards via Klarna.
  • Pay with VVV gift card
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