Tie Kwan Yin (organic)

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Plants, Butter, Vegetal, Nutty, Roasted, Floral, Sweet, Wood, Hay
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Kosher, Organic, Vegan
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 8 oz / 241 ml

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  • “Semi-impulse buy when I was at DavidsTea today… definitely didn’t need another tea, but I wanted to try a basic tie kwan yin to compare other green oolongs against (e.g. those from Teavivre). I...” Read full tasting note
  • “I do like this one. It is a good quality iron goddess. It is buttery and slightly sweet with a hint of vegetal notes. Reminds me a little of thier Milk Oolong. I am really enjoying iron goddess...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you Courtney for this sample. This was just enough for one big cup of Oolong made with my Gongfu. The balls were much better quality than I was expecting, very green and fragrant with no...” Read full tasting note
  • “An explanation, first. I have tried a small number of flavoured oolongs but am not overly keen on them. Nothing wrong with them, but never my go-to tea. I have never really given unflavoured...” Read full tasting note


A lucky tea

Many years ago, a poor farmer had a dream: the goddess of mercy, Kwan Yin, came to him and spoke of a great treasure in a nearby cave. When he went there, he found a single tea shoot. He planted it and it grew. So he gave cuttings to his neighbours, and they all prospered by creating a beautiful, flowery oolong. Our version is hand-produced on a small family garden near the Wuyi Mountains.

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61 Tasting Notes

326 tasting notes

This tastes soooo good! Smooth, flowery, no overpowering flavors or bad taste left in my mouth. It’s also a terrific resteeper.

195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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10 tasting notes

I picked this up on the recommendation of the guy behind the counter at the David’s Tea on Mont Royal in Montreal – didn’t catch his name. He definitely didn’t steer me wrong, though. The dry leaves don’t have much smell, but as soon as you add hot water, it’s stunning. It smells like spring to me – lillacs just starting to bloom.

The flavour isn’t as strong, which is probably a good thing. It’s a somewhat delicate oolong with a very slight flowery taste to it…

I think I may have found my new favorite oolang tea!

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67 tasting notes

A bit weak, but I didn’t have much on hand so the water:tea ratio may have been off. A pleasant flavour though!

Flavors: Plants

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123 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea. The leaves are tightly wrapped. It haa a taste that is comforting, and hard to describe. The leaves take a while to unfurl, so put some in a clear mug and pour some water in. Resteep several times!

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It was a night of finishing off tea categories yesterday, I suppose, because this was the last oolong on the tea wall I had left to try as well and I crossed it off last night on shift. Well, last if you don’t count the two with kombucha in them which I can’t have because of allergies.

I have, of course, had Tie Kwan Yin/Iron Goddess of Mercy before from other companies but I’d just never tried DT’s offering. I got this one iced; all of the teas I had yesterday were iced because I like taking advantage of the convenient iced tea set up we have at work. It’s much easier to make iced tea there than with the equipment I have at home. Eventually I’ll need to invest in a gravity steeper…

This was good though; I wasn’t 100% sure I’d like it iced but I thought the softer roasty/nutty notes translated well to iced preparation. Or, at least, a lot better than I’ve found other roasty tasting teas, like Genmaicha, tend to. It was also a bit grassy/vegetal with some lighter peach and floral notes in the finish. Mostly nutty, though. It was nice to try a familiar tea in a different style, that’s for sure.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.


You don’t have a gravity steeper?! I have 3. One of the better tea investments I have made

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I know – it’s shameful ;) I’ve always meant to get one; but it always gets pushed back in favor of other things. I’m sure that’s part of the reason why I gravitate so heavily to cold brews over iced teas; much easier to cold brew without a gravity steeper than it is to make iced tea.


Try it warm! Drop one spoonful into a LARGE clear cup. It’s one of my new favourites.

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61 tasting notes

This tea was okay, but after having the tie Kwan yin from Mandala tea it pales in comparison. Prior to brewing the dry tea was light brown and wood coloured. Once brewed, There was a slight floral scent, but predominantly roasted scent. The taste is mostly nutty/roasted and buttery, with some vegetal taste. The leaves opened up nicely on the first drinkable steep. The liquor is pale brown. Not one I would purchase again.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Roasted, Vegetal

7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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364 tasting notes

I really like this tea. I steeped it “gong fu” style which is multiple steeps into a mini teapot. It was interesting to see how the flavors changed with each steep. They were all delicious.

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24 tasting notes

Kicking off the new year with my first cup of Tie Guan Yin. Used hotter water and shorter steep time than advised because I am impatient. Golden yellow liquid on the first steep.
Golly wow am I glad I bought a 50g bag.

Second steep // ~3 min, ~180 F – I’m getting less floral and more woody now, and a sweeter aftertaste.

Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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25 tasting notes

i sit here with davids tea’s tie kwan yin. looking at it dry i see that it is med sized, tightly rolled, and appears to be highly oxidized. the tea looks dark, with slight greenery coming through in spots. stems are visible.

dry, it has a kind of cutting aroma, with hints of nut.. what kind i dont know, maybe raw almond. besides this i get an almost toxic smell like fresh paint.. its not enough to be off putting, but its there.

im using 5g with a 125ml vessel with the suggested temp of 85C or 185F. i am not pouring a rinse, instead ill start with a 5s infusion, then 10, then increase as needed.

1st- 5s, wet leaves have hardly opened at all as can be expected. leaves smell- to me atleast like a da hong pao, very heavy, musty, warming but slightly odd.. makes me feel like im in an antique store or grandparents basement or closet. lol.
the liquor is pretty much clear except for a slight tint of yellow. floral notes come from the aroma of the cup.
taste is weak of coarse, green and floral mix.

2nd- 10s, wet leaves are opening and kind of clumping up you could say. smell of leaves is bolder and rounder.. muskier. liquor is a nice light yellowish tan colour.
the heavy aroma of the leaves has transferred into the aroma of the cup, and is not the nice and friendly light brew anymore.
so far most of the experience is in the smelling of the tea.. the taste is not there yet, although i am getting a richer mouthfeel from this second brew. its hard to describe, the taste evokes the image of the tea.

3rd- 20s, wet leaves are slowly creeping up the vessel, smelling strong.
the liquor is a darker golden yellow- not so dark though. the heavy aroma is giving way to a more vegetal smelling cup… still creamy and buttery with less “antique” smell.
i had not detected any astringency until now.. its very minute though. vegetal, still rich mouthfeel.
… this is literally very warming (obviously.. hot water but) ive shed a layer of clothing plus socks, haha. the cutting sort of astringency thinly coats the mouth and tongue with an active feeling, similar to mint, cooling at times.

4th- 25s, leaves have opened up even more, coming up the vessel, going strong, still smelling roasted and “old people-like.”
in the cup the liquor is yellowish.
tastes a bit watery. mouthfeel stays with you for maybe a minute after drinking. this brew has been less bold and flavorful despite the smell of the leaves being strong.

im cutting the review off here.

over all, not one of my favorite teas,didnt blow me away, id rather just drink da hong pao… although that may be an awful comparison.. i don’t know, havnt drank dhp for a few months and dont completely remember the subtleties.

probably wont buy this tea again from davids tea, anyone else know of other good sources for this tea, or optimal temps?

have a good day.


185 °F / 85 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

im starting to think that this tea i reviewed is not the organic tie kwan yin, because mine is looks more roasted than what the image shows…

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554 tasting notes

Trying this one next to the Pouchong Oolong tea to see which one of these straight teas I prefer as they both say floral to taste.

So, this one steeped up goes a orange-ish/brown. I like the colour, but I knew there was going to be some pow to this one compared to the other.

I found this one to be definitely roasted and very strong. I actually don’t care for this one at all. There is some floral to it, but I get a lot more roastedness and I almost get a bit of… bitterness to it. I think this one would be much better with a three minute steep instead of the four that I went with. I used the exact same water as the other tea, but this one just isn’t working for me.

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