Welcome to a dazzling new world of flavor. Our Oolongs pair the depth and mystery of semi-fermented tea with natural fruit flavorings for a cup you will come back for time and again. Featuring a stunning Ti Kuan Yin leaf, these teas have been handcrafted according to recipes developed eons ago in the mountains of China's Fujian region. Crafting quality Oolong tea is an art form. Tae Guan Yin is known as Iron Goddess of Mercy and is the most famous of the oolong teas. Our special grade of this tea is hand-harvested from the soft stem Wu-Yi tea bush cultivar descended from the original tea bushes introduced to Taiwan from Fujian in the 19th Century. Made according to the traditional Tae Guan Yin oxidation and bamboo coal-baking techniques developed in China's Fujian province, our Iron Goddess of Mercy is a special treat for oolong tea lovers. Traditionally, these teas are enjoyed in small quantities so the intricacies and subtle shifts of character can be truly appreciated.
Iron Goddess of Mercy
- Tasting Notes: Smooth and rich with aromas of roasted chestnut and notes of dried apricot. Hot Tea Brewing Method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 single serve packet for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Adding milk or sugar is not recommended. Iced Tea Brewing Method: (Pitcher) (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea, in a heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about).