Great summer tea for watching the sunset and reading a good book. There’s something about this tea that I find very relaxing, and I can feel waves of warmth washing over me and putting me at ease whilst I drink it. I’m not sure if it will earn a place as a staple in my cupboard as I develop my budding palate, but it’s gotten me very interested in oolong teas. Pairs great with a touch of fresh lemon.
Ti Kwan Yin
A “greener” oolong tea with an exotic flavor; floral, herbal and nutty, with an undercurrent of fruit.
Ti Kwan Yin translates as “Iron Goddess of Mercy,” and is the most famous oolong tea produced in mainland China’s Fujian province. The bushes grown for producing this tea are special varietals unique to this province, where hundreds of small tea farmers dot the mountainous terrain. Ti Kwan Yin is a “greener” style of oolong than the Formosa teas, with perhaps half the degree of leaf oxidation, and a flavor that tends much more toward the vegetal. The aroma of this tea can be very complex, with hints of orchid, herbs, nuts, melon and even candle wax commonly made reference to by tea tasters. Ti Kwan Yin is easily recognized by its dark green color, large leaves, and unique crumpled appearance.