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Iron Goddess - Tieguanyin


“Iron Goddess” Tieguanyin grown and processed in the AnXi Region seems to embody many of the exceptional taste characteristics for which Chinese oolongs are famous. These semi-oxidized, rolled leaves unfold to flavors and aromas unique to the terroir of the coastal mountain range of AnXi.  This lot is grown and certified organic.  Harvest date 2017.

Why we selected this lot.  The taste drew us to this lot.  The fact it is certified organic and offers a full and round flavor that is reminiscent of orchids made our selection easy.  This is the 3rd year we considered this tea and felt this year it offered a complex- nuanced flavor and plenty of body. 

Interesting facts about this lot.  By appearance and taste, we class this lot as a traditional style Tieguanyin - a blend of green-side and browner-side leaves which combine to make a medium-oxidized flavor.  It was grown on a farm at approximately 600 meters and the tea was harvested in mid-April 2017. 

Taste profile.  Distinctive notes of Oolong come through in tasting.  It is medium oxidized giving the tea a lingering flavor that is floral.  Cups to a light sweetness (gan).

Brewing suggestions.  Use a level teaspoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water.  Or, serve GongFu style using approx. 2 teaspoons for 8-12 ounces of water) and very short steeps of 15-30 seconds.  We suggest water at boiling temperature, rinse the leaves briefly, pour off and re-infuse.  This will awaken the leaves and release precious aromas and flavors.  These leaves will steep 4-5 times. 

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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  1. Aromatic tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Apr 2018

    This tea transports me back to a tea shop in China. I lived in China for a year and learned to appreciate good tea. This tea has similar qualities as the highest quality Teguanyin tea i had in one of the nicest tea house in Tianjin.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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