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Have Mercy!

  • Oct 13, 2010
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Tieguanyin Tea translated into English as "Iron Goddess Tea" is one of the most famous types of Chinese Tea. It has many different translations and is often called Tieguanyin, Ti Kuan Yin, Tikuanyin, Iron Buddha, Iron Goddess Tea, and Iron Goddess of Mercy Tea. No matter the name, it is a wonderful, easy drinking tea. Originating in Anxi County in Fujian Province, some of the best Tieguanyin Tea is also now produced in Nantou, in Taiwan. This tea is a variety of Oolong (or Wulong) Tea and has been very popular for centuries. The tea's leaves are dark green and rolled into tight balls. The "Tie" in Tieguanyin is translated into English as "Iron" This is because as you drop the leaves into your teapot they ring like iron as they hit the pot. The tea has the aroma of orchids with little to no hint of the grassiness of greens or the bitterness of blacks, and its flavor is long lasting. It is a wonderful tea and a great tea to begin with.

A variety of this tea comes from Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province. It is called "Monkey Picked Tieguanyin". According to legend, the tea leaves were very difficult to harvest because they grew on the cliff faces on Wuyi Mountain. Local Buddhist Monks trained monkeys to pick the leaves from the inaccessible tea trees. Today, Monkey Picked Tea denotes a high quality Tieguanyin, although it is no longer picked by monkeys (if it ever was). When buying tea make sure you buy it from a reputable dealer to ensure you are getting authentic tea.

Numi's Iron Goddess of Mercy tightly rolled leaves give a solid 'plink' when you drop them into your pot. Use about a tablespoon full for every cup. The bright, dark green leaves unfurl to about 7x their size after several infusions. Put sure to do a short rinse and 1 minute rest to clean off and "wake up" the leaves. This batch of tea from this specific vendor brewed up a lovely pale yellow broth with a light floral aroma on only slightly vegetal flavor with wonderful mouth-feel. It remained very sweet through several infusions with no apparent bitterness. I started the brews at around 3 minutes and gradually lengthened my infusions. It is only moderately oxidized and not roasted, making a very pleasant and drinkable tea cup after cup.

There are better teas if you are willing to pay for them, but at this price, Numi's TGY is an excellent daily drinker. Enjoy!
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October 13, 2010
Hmmm, you didn't really have anything negative to say about this tea... and it sounds deliscious! But, only a 3 rating? What makes this tea worthy of less than a 4 or 5 rating? Wonderfully written, informative, concise, personable with appeal to the sense. :o) wishing you laughter
October 13, 2010
Hahah, I guess I am a bit stingy with my ratings. To me, 3 is good. It would be a 4 if on Amazon. I'd recommend it to anyone, but there are better teas out there.
 
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Quick Tip by . October 13, 2010
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Do yourself a favor and get the whole leaf version of this tea rather than the bag. You get a improved flavor and multiple infusions this way. Also, TGY is not a variety that is meant to be aged, so consume it quickly after opening and be sure to buy it from a reputable vendor (so that you are getting fresh, better grade tea leaves).
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