Iron Goddess of Mercy

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Oolong Tea
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Creamy, Flowers, Green, Roasted, Sweet, Wood, Dried Fruit, Floral, Brown Toast, Chestnut, Smoke, Autumn Leaf Pile, Burnt Sugar, Cacao, Coffee, Oak wood, Maple, Meat, Umami, Vanilla, Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 oz / 284 ml

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  • “I wanted to revisit this tea and give it a proper evaluation for 2 reasons… 1.) This tea is still by far my favourite oolong. And Rishi must have just released their latest and greatest crop...” Read full tasting note
    OhCha 84 tasting notes
  • “Thanks to fellow Steepsterite, Tamm, I have a hefty pouch of this tea in my drawer at work. It’s great for work since I can just sprinkle some leaves in a mug and fill it...” Read full tasting note
    Mercuryhime 521 tasting notes
  • “After a whole day of studying I’m glad to relax with this cuppa! This tea has such tiny little rolled leaves. :3 super cute! While steeping the smell of this reminds me somewhat of brown rice...” Read full tasting note
    Tamm 541 tasting notes
  • “Hurrah! An incredible oolong with fantastic floral notes, a bright flavour with a subtle sweetness. Rishi has upped the game with this Iron Goddess – a tea worthy of rolling in the...” Read full tasting note
    amber 221 tasting notes

From Rishi Tea

A specially baked tea made to order for Rishi Tea each spring and winter. Tae Guan Yin is known as Iron Goddess of Mercy and is the most famous oolong tea. Our special grade of this tea is hand-harvested from the soft stem Wu-Yi tea bush cultivar that is descended from the original tea bushes introduced to Taiwan from Fujian in the 19th Century. Made according to the traditional Tae Guan Yin oxidation and bamboo coal baking techniques developed in China’s Fujian province, our Iron Goddess of Mercy is a special treat for oolong tea lovers. Our Iron Goddess of Mercy has a light golden-amber infusion with a smooth body and sweet finish. Its aroma is profoundly reminiscent of baked grain and dried apricot.

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This has been one of my favorite tea experiences! The first cup I made was a sensory delight – notes of smoky sweetness, dried fruit, autumn maple forest, and even an umami sort of meatiness making for a rich mouthfeel – it was strong and complex, but perfectly balanced and also refreshing. Somehow I have never been able to recreate the strength and depth of that first cup, but I’ve enjoyed each brew nonetheless (ok, maybe just a bit the less, but still a favorite!)

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Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Maple, Meat, Smoke, Umami

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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7 tasting notes

A nice addition to the Rishi Offering. Astringent, scents of ripened apricots cradled in a musky wooden box. Subtle and fleeting sweetness beckons additional sips.

3 min, 15 sec

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3204 tasting notes

Another Sipdown, this one from Lee. I wish I had more to say about it, but I drank it hours ago, so really, all I can say is I enjoyed it. Lightly roasty…

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47 tasting notes

For Christmas, my brother got me my first Yixing teapot—and I decided to dedicate it to Tieguanyin oolong (partly because the Whole Foods in town sells it, and I like to avoid shipping). So, I seasoned my pot with it and used it to makes very first gongfu style tea. I was really impressed—I loved this one Western style (see my other review for more detail), but I think gongfu brings out the subtleties more (no doubt partly due to the number of steeping a possible). I’m really looking forward to experiencing this tea even more as my pot continues to soak it in—it’s now an every-weekend tradition!

0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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17 tasting notes

I thought I knew what good tea was until I had 4 cups of this tea! Wow!

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156 tasting notes

Roasty, toasty baked nuttiness. Just finishing the last of this while not my favorite will repurchase this whenever I’m in the mood for roasty baked goodness

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1 tasting notes

Light but warm, floral yet toasty. I am a fan. I enjoyed watching the small rounded balls of tea unfurl in my clear teapot. It’s a pretty tea. There is a great smooth body, and a light, pleasant finish to this tea. To the nose, it imparts a toasted, almost barley flavor, and upon tasting a floral buttered taste takes over. Could be enjoyed on a daily basis!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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This is my first Iron Goddess and I don’t regret trying it. Compare to all of the Oolong tea I’ve had in my life, this is way more soothing. It is one of the tea that I can keep drinking forever! I have to make sure that I always have this in tea my cabinet.

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127 tasting notes

Excellent, but don’t buy it from Zingerman’s. Kind of overpriced.

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5 tasting notes

Just tried this one. It took me a few sips to get into it but once I did, I knew this oolong would be a staple in our cupboard. It sneaks up on you and steals your heart away. It is light, earthy and reminds me of sunlight hitting the Autumn leaves. The more you drink it, the deeper in love you fall. Great tea.

4 min, 0 sec

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