Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess)
Serene and contemplative as befits a tea named for the Goddess of Mercy, this partially oxidised oolong from Fujian province offers rounded, mildly ore-like earth tones softened
with caramel, and deepened, some say, by a rich, woody, orchid-like fragrance.
Dignify this imperial tea with several infusions, steeping a generous amount of leaf in just-boiled water for three minutes. Then repeat, using the same leaves. (This practice of repeated infusions is known as gongfu.)