What's your favorite Ti Kuan Yin?

I’m looking for a great tasting Ti Kuan Yin. I know a lot of companies sell it, but I don’t know which ones offer the best tasting one. Thanks in advance for your recommendations. Bryan

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Jillian said

My favorite Ti Kuan Yin is one I bought from the Granville Island Tea Co. in Vancouver: http://steepster.com/teas/granville-island-tea-co/5290-iron-goddess-of-mercy

Here’s a link to their website – they will take online orders if you’re interested: http://www.granvilletea.com/shop/

I also loved the one Jade Teapot sold, but unfortunately they’ve since gone out of business. :(

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The first time I tried Ti Kuan Yin was on a December evening in Washinton D.C. at a tea shop called Teaism. To this day, a sip of Ti Kuan Yin transports me there.

Thanks for pointing me to a good quality Ti Kuan Yin. Bryan

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Angrboda said

I’m partial to the Jade Tie Guan Yin from TeaSpring.

But to be honest, I think that has more to do with the company than the actual leaves possibly or possibly not being superior to other TGYs. It was the first TGY I ever had, so it has a special place because of that.

Thanks for sharing your favorite and your thoughts on the quality of TGYs. How long do you steep it and at what temperature?

Angrboda said

I pants it. When I make tea, I generally take the steeping instructions from the shop and toss them over my shoulder, because I know I prefer to use more leaf than average. So the most accurate I can tell you is about 2-3 teaspoons to a half litre pot, bring water to a boil then wait a few minutes before using. Steeping no more than 1 minute on the first go.

I don’t have a thermometer, and my kettle only knows two temperatures (Boiling and Not Boiling) so I don’t really pay that much attention to things like temperature. I just know approximately how long to wait before using the water.
For a greenish oolong such as TGY, however, I definitely wouldn’t use boiling water, I’d wait a little bit.

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Mel said

I put that one on my shopping list. The picture sold me, then I saw most reviews called it buttery…yum!

This was my first Tie Guan Yin, and I have to say that it is absolutely spectacular. Not sure that anything has topped it since. :)

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Okay we are being a little vain (and our apologies), but we really love our very own iron goddess of mercy that is lovely…
it is one of the only oolongs we carry, but it is our absolute favorite ;)


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Zeks said

So far – Autumn ’11 TGY from Verdant. Its butteriness is really something. Spring 2012 is nice and bright but autumn 11 is heavy and epic.

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Heavy baked TGY :)

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