I’ve been lacking in some of my updates..I got this quite awhile ago from Chinese Tea Shop as a sample. It arrived very, very quickly! I got this package before I got some of the ones I was expecting from in the states.
This is my first infusion of this tea. I used lower temp. water for a lower time. I’m a bit unfamiliar with oolong steeping; so this may have been a strange guess on that aspect.
This was my first excursion into Iron Goddess teas. The leaves were just beautiful. I have a certain love of oolong leaves and this one was just nice to watch.
The liquor is this beautiful yellow/gold color.
The flavor is so smooth and relaxing. I can taste very slight floral notes. I can’t quite explain what they are though! Shame on my young palate. :p But there is this distinct almost, hm, buttery note to it. It is very pleasant. There are some vegetal notes but they aren’t overpowering or unpleasant in the least. This blend gets high points for me because none of the leaves’ smell is lost in the liquor. That subtle floral aroma stays with it.
I highly recommend this tea; especially for people like me who are new to unflavored oolongs. It really is a nice oolong!
Iron Goddess (Traditional)
Oolong tea- Iron Goddess (Traditional)
Other Name: TiKuanYin, TieGuanYin, Iron Warrior Monk, WuYiTieLuoHan, 铁观音
Origin: Iron Goddess is a premium variety of Chinese oolong tea associated with AnXi in the FuJian province. It has been harvested since the formation of the qing dynasty, over 200 years ago.
Description: Rated one of “Top 10 Famous Chinese Tea”. Iron Goddess is named after the Buddhist deity GuanYin. It has also been translated as "Iron Goddess of Mercy. It is rolled delicately and tightly into a sort of bean-like shape. The leaves are a fresh green color and its tea is a bright red. This tea has a mellow taste with a unique, long lasting flower aroma when it is steeped, even several times. Iron Goddess is semi-fermented variety of tea. The spent of tea leaves are yellow green, luster and soft.