Our Fall 2009 Ti Quan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) is a medium roasted, rolled organic oolong with 40% oxidization and a medium/medium heavy roast. This batch is exquisite! More floral than the 2008 batch but perfectly balanced with the roasted notes. An accompanying earthiness that is accented by a floral sweetness upon finish. Second and third steeps reveal notes of honey and orchid while the more roasted flavor subsides.
This tea is grown at 3,000 feet elevation on our friend’s awesome farm in Fujian. We chose this particular tea for its complexity and uniqueness. This tea comes to us in very small batches from our source farm, so it is often unavailable.
The long, complex art of making this Iron Goddess tea culminates in a final, low temperature firing that brings out the most distinguishing characteristic of a light frost covering the tightly wound, deep green leaves. It gives a honey amber infusion that is fragrant, earthy, and flavorful with fresh plum notes.