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Iron Goddess (Tieguanyin)


Often referred to as the tea of poets, "Iron Goddess" is our traditional-style Tieguanyin oolong.  The name Tie Guan Yin is often incorrectly translated as “Goddess of Mercy”, yet the name is now generally accepted to describe an oolong varietal offering an intense aroma, some fruitiness and a depth of flavor.

Why we selected this lot. It is medium-oxidized, with leaf colors primarily of brown tones with a light mix of green-side leaf. This is the style we find offers a well-rounded cup, plenty of flavor with a smooth lingering finish. Note the leaves are quite large and rolled in the traditional style.   
Interesting facts about our selection.It is grown in the AnXi region of Fujian Province, an area famous for the quality of its oolongs. Tea was processed at a co-op that specializes in Tieguanyins. Medium-oxidized oolongs were long the preferred style in China's domestic market before the more recent and widespread popularity of low-oxidized, greener-side oolongs.

Taste profile. The leaves unfurl slowly to release a lush, yellow-gold liquor that is fruity. The first steep is known for its aroma; subsequent steeps are known for their flavor. Like all Tieguanyins, this lot will steep multiple times.  It is also a great tea to drink with friends using the "gung fu" brewing method - plenty of leaf, short & rapid steeps, keep pouring.  Long after tasting, you will note the taste of this tea has lingered to be enjoyed yet again.

Brewing suggestions. Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly and pour the water off. This will "awaken" the leaves.  Then re-infuse and steep for two minutes. Taste and steep longer if a stronger flavor is your preference. Drain the water off the leaves between infusions and they should easily provide 5-6 steeps!

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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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Serve large-leaf Tieguanyin Gong fu style - controls and enhances the step-by-step release of vital aromas and taste.
Medium-oxidized oolong is higher fired, a floral aroma with a pleasing finish.
Traditional style Tieguanyin has what the Chinese call "gan", a sweetness or lack of astringency.

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  1. satisfying & invigorating 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Oct 2017

    This tea is satisfying for its price. All it takes is a spoonful to elevate my mood and help me focus on my work for hours. It is rich and potent without being overpowering like coffee.

  2. In my Top 5! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Nov 2015

    Really love this tea. I love the flavor!

  3. Great flavor for 3-4 steeps 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Sep 2015

    I really like this tea. I saw that someone else's review complained this to be overpowering, but as with many oolong teas, over brewing can ruin the flavor. I don't time my brewing. I go by the aroma. My first brewing is less than a minute, and each following brewing is longer.

    This tea has a rich color and flavor. It is great for an everyday tea, and I will be buying this one again.

  4. Smokey 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Oct 2014

    A nice oolong which has a smokey flavor and reminds me of hojicha

  5. too earthy 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2014

    I wanted this one to be a good standby cost effective oolong. I was rather disappointed. The earthy flavor was over powering and hid any typical oolong notes.

  6. great all around tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Aug 2014

    I love this tea it seem to go we'll with food. I make a pot every evening to enjoy after I come home, and share with my wife.

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