Tie Guan Yin
Tie Guan Yin
is the pearl of Chinese Oolong teas.
Delicate and smooth, it combines the flowery fragrance of green teas and the Oolong tea benefits.
A treasure born from legends, this tea will delight your senses and take you on another stunning adventure.
Join us and discover more about the world of Oolong teas.
This tea is produced in Anxi, a central Fujian province. A tree with the same name gives birth to these amazing thick, mature and large dark green leaves that will nourish your body and mind.
This Chinese Oolong tea is known by several names:
In your journey you may come across with names such as Tieguanyin, Ti Kuan Yin, Tit Kwun Yum, Ti Kwan Yin, Iron Buddha, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Iron Avolokitésvara or Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva. They all refer to that amazing and enchanting liquid.
Come with us and discover what Tie Guan Yin is.
The Nectar of the Goddess
Created in the heart of Fujian’s Anxi County, the origin of this tea has brought forth several legends.
Let’s unveil one of them, known as...
...the Wei Legend
Mr. Wei was a poor farmer that would always pass on his way to his tea fields by a temple with an iron statue of Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
This ancient temple was in ruins and damaged, so Mr. Wei, touched by its magnificence, decided to do something to bring it back to life. With a broom and incense, the poor farmer cleaned it twice a month.
Several months after, Guan Yin appeared in Mr. Wei’s dreams. The Goddess told him of a secret treasure hidden behind the temple, a treasure he should share with others. And so he did. Mr. Wei found a tea shoot, planted it and shared it with his neighbours.
Soon it grew into a large bush and Tie Guan Yin was created. It was a fine and delicate tea, in honour of the Goddess.
This sweet nectar is brought to you in several varieties according to its roasting level and harvest time. So continue your adventure and find out what each essence can offer you.
Varieties of This Tea
If you consider this Chinese tea by roasting level
you may find three subtypes:
Jade Tie Guan Yin is a lightly roasted tea, with a light green jade colour.
If you are a green tea lover, make sure you savour this one.
It has a flowery fragrance and taste that lingers in your mouth and warms you gently inside.
If you are looking for your traditional variety try Heavily Roasted Tie Guan Yin. With this tea you will experience a more complex liquor and a less floral essence.
Moderately Roasted Tie Guan Yin combines the floral aroma and the exquisite taste from the previous ones. The perfect combination.
You can also choose your favourite beverage by harvest time:
Spring Tie Guan Yin is a premium grade tea, very popular among the Chinese tea lovers, plucked in the months of April and May.
Autumn Tie Guan Yin is harvested in autumn and it offers you a delicate and strong fragrance.
Summer Tie Guan Yin is a lower quality tea, harvested in summer, which can also be divided into two subtypes – one plucked in June to July and another in August.
Finally you can try the Winter Tie Guan Yin. Harvested in winter, but it has a very low production.
Being this an Oolong tea, it offers you the same health benefits, along with an amazing sensation of freshness and peace.
So, are you curious about the health benefits of Oolong tea? See how drinking this tea can protect you and your loved ones.
Tie Guan Yin Health Benefits
Weight loss Aid
Are you looking for a healthy solution to loose weight? Well you may have just found it! This tea is one of the loved weight loss teas that increases your metabolism and helps you burn fat faster.
It contains a high content of polyphenols which dissolve triglyceride.
However, keep in mind that you must adopt a healthy diet and practice some physical exercise to get the results you expect. Give it a try and you won’t regret it!
Feeling full and heavy after eating? Drink this Oolong tea during or after meals to help you digest.
This tea dissolves excess acidity and makes you feel lighter and fresher, plus it helps reduce the fattening effects! Interesting, isn’t it?
Protects your heart
Our heart is a precious treasure and what better way to take care of it by doing something that gives you pleasure and protects you at the same time? Yes, drinking tea, this or any other “real tea”, keeps your heart strong.
How? It reduces bad cholesterol, avoids the formation of blood clots, reduces the risk of stroke or heart attacks, it boosts up your immune system and it can still lower blood pressure! Enjoy your cup, relax and close your eyes.
Cherish this moment, while the nectar of the goddess Guan Yin does wonders for your mind and body!
This amazing tea is adorned by high amounts of powerful antioxidants, namely polyphenols and catechins that inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
These antioxidants also strengthen your immune system, making it stronger to fight cancer and other viruses.
Once again, the powerful action of these amazing antioxidants may help you look and feel rejuvenated. The antioxidants present in this semi-fermented tea slow down the aging process, caused by free radicals.
Your skin will be healthier and shining and you will feel amazing!
Tie Guan Yin Side Effects
This is, in fact, a surprising refreshing tea. However, you must know that due to its caffeine content, it may bring you some undesirable side effects, such as insomnia, anxiety, headaches, irritability or palpitations. Be careful and don’t overdo it!
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should be extra cautious. Again, caffeine can be a problem as it may increase the risk of miscarriage or birth defects. Limit your caffeine intake and consult your physician to better help you and your newborn.
Your adventure is not over! But to discover more interesting and important facts about the Oolong world, have a look at the Oolong Tea Benefits.
Drinking Tie Guan Yin
It is important to put some dedication when brewing tea.
This tea is no exception, so please follow the instructions and prepare the perfect cup.
Try using a purple clay or porcelain tea ware to prepare your tea.
Preheat your teapot with hot water and remove the water.
Place 1-2 teaspoons of tea for every 225ml of water and boil your water at 95ºC (203ºF).
Steep your leaves for one minute in the first and second brewing and then increase your steeping time and temperatures in the next ones.
Take time to enjoy this dance, while it releases its flowery aroma. Drink it, savour its taste and cherish that moment. It’s yours!
The Oolong world is mysterious and appealing. To continue exploring this tea, find out What is Oolong Tea, what can it offer you and your family. Let’s explore it together and continue our adventure!
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- Attributed to Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) Master
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