3 min at 195°
Do not overbrew or brew at too hot a temperature- it looses some of the delicate upper notes.
Ti Kuan Yin (also spelled Tieguanyin) is a legendary oolong tea from the Fujian province of China. It is one of China’s most beloved oolongs and is extremely time-consuming to produce (well over a dozen distinct steps in the processing are observed). This loosely rolled, lightly oxidized or ‘green’ Fujian Ti Kuan Yin from our Masters Collection yields a pale golden cup with a soft, buttery texture and orchid notes that linger and reveal a subtle complexity that will delight a fine palate. As the liquor cools, a sweet finish becomes apparent and offers faint hints of honeydew melon. We highly recommend multiple steepings to fully open the hand-rolled leaves of our premium Tieguanyin, whose character will seemingly evolve through three or more infusions.
This tea is very fragrant while brewing and, inspite of it being an oolong, it reminds me a lot of a white tea. Since I’m not a huge fan of white tea, this is why I only gave it 4½ stars instead of five- it’s a personal preference. It’s a very light, almost sweet, floral-tasting tea. Other people have said ‘orchid’ but since I grew up in the Southern US, it tastes like honeysuckle nectar to me. This stands up well for at least three brewings but don’t oversteep as some of the delicate top notes vanish.