Tie Kuan Yin

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Tie Kuan Yin is the most famous of loose-leaf, oolong teas. The name Tie Kuan Yin means “Iron Goddess of Mercy” and the tea is as magnificent as its name implies. The tea leaves are withered under the strong sun, oxidized until jade green, and then wrap curled into small beads. Tie Kuan Yin Oolong tea has a roasted aroma and a smooth, refreshing flavor. It is a cool and refreshing tea drank hot or cooled.

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Ahhhhhh! This smells wonderful! ALIVE!

I’ll be sharing this with a few people, too!

This is screaming Multiple Infusions but I will save that test for another day!

This time around here are my findings:

Green, Leafy yet Slightly vegetal, Aromatic, Vibrant, a bit roasted yet very clean, sweet, slightly floral, a little buttery, and VERY tasty!

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Additional notes: I’m trying this one again with much different parameters. I know when I tried this years ago I definitely let the water cool much longer. I wanted to try it the way I steep Teavivre’s oolongs. This one is still very tasty! It seems some green oolongs do very well with boiling water. All of the steeps were very full flavored and never bitter or astringent. A lovely standard oolong.
Two teaspoons (for mug)// just boiled // rinse // 1 min // 2 min // 3 min


I have read that with green teas the reason for low temperatures is that you want to extract sweet amino acids in the tea without extracting the tannin, but with oolongs, their signature sweetness and flavor actually comes from polyphenols (tannin is one of them), which require a higher temperature to release, so you can still get pretty good results even at boiling temperatures.

The melting point of tannin is 175F, I’ve read.



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