Guide to Brew the Tie Guan Yin Tea
Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) is a popular Chinese oolong tea. It is also sometimes written as Ti Kuan or Ti Kwan. Generally, this tea is only lightly oxidized, making it closer to a green tea than a black tea.
Tie guan yin can be roasted or unroasted. The many different variations have varying flavors, but all are noted for a fruity taste and aroma that can be described as ‘berry’.
Appearance: semiball-rolled leaf, having a good percentage of the deep rich ‘old leather’ brown /mahogany-colored leaf from the roasting
Taste: This oolong alike green tea produces very sweet and harmonos taste, which would suite to many paletes. Distinctive and fresh, like lilac after warm spring rain.
Aroma: a delightful melange of charcoal, cocoa, chocolate, and earthy-ness
Liquor: deep amber colored liquor that darkens noticeably after the 2nd steeping
Chinese common brewing method: Take about 4 - 5g tea on about 250ml glass or pot. Boil fresh water and pour over the tea. Wait about 2 - 3min till buds settles down then sip your tea slowly. After finishing cup more hot water shall be add to make second and third brew. You can make many more brews out, but our experiance says, that following brews should be allowed to infused more time as temperature of water falling down and much of tea contend has extracted in the previous brews. Chinese usually take about 7 g of Tie Guan Yin type tea to prepare in small 150 -200g tea pot. We can recommend you to follow this advice as you may enjoy make multiply qualitative infusions to bring out as much possible taste variations. Best way for brewing is to follow condictions of chinese tea cermony Kung Fu Cha.
Brewing Classic Chinese Tie Guan Yin Tea in Western Style: To enjoy the perfect Chinese taste in Western style, everything you use to brew Tie Guan Yin, must be perfect as well. Get the teapot which can hold the extra leaves as to get the rich taste, a little extra leaves are required. Normally 2 to 3 tea spoons are enough for half liter water but you can change as per your taste. Now pour the water of 100 ºC and wait for 3 to 5 minutes and then the richest taste of Tie Guan Yin is ready to be served. Now serve it in the cups. To enhance the taste and flavor you may add the honey or sugar as well. Enjoy the rich taste of Tie Guan Yin with sweetest smell in the autumn and be fresh.
Drinking Tie Guan Yin: This is a flavorful Chinese oolong tea and it is quite easy to make. So let’s learn how to brew Tie Guan Yin (western style or kung fu style) and enjoy a great cup of tea.
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Karina Garcia is sales manager of JK Tea Shop, authentic Chinese Loose Leaf tea supplier, for more information, please visit our website at: jkteashop.com