Tie Guan Yin Classic


Tie Guan Yin Classic has always been one of our favourites. This one is no exception with a delightfully balanced floral and creamy flavour that we can expect from a high-quality tie guan yin. The light yellow liquor (with a tinge of orange) delivers a creamy scent from the gaiwan lid, but the flavour delivers smooth, full, highly fragrant notes of mixed wildflowers. The term ‘classic’ refers to the shape of the leaves, which are not rolled. The rolling process was introduced quite recently and before tie guan yin was rolled, all tie guan yin had long bent leaves, similar to a Wuyi Yan Cha.

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Blogger Review: The Great Guan Yin Duel

Over the years, I’ve had some fun at the expense of Guan Yin—the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Whether portraying her as having an illicit affair with Scottish botanists, or depicting her as a scorned goddess seeking vengeance against the writer of the illicit affair (me), I can’t say I’ve dealt with her fairly. Hilariously, yes . . . but not fairly. However, there is one area where her namesake is applied where I have held back my more idiot tendencies. That, of course, is in regard to the tea bearing her name—Tie Guan Yin, or “Iron Goddess of Mercy”.

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Anxi, Fujian Province

Harvest Time

Late April, 2017


3g/125ml at 100°C for 30 sec, add 10s for successive infusions. 5-7 infusions.


Sealed well in a cool, dry, dark location


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