Lao Tieguanyin

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'Lao' means carefully developed taste. Not surprisingly the Tieguanyin teas are in the Chinese tea top ten.

The small "plugs" unfold in the water to large leaves. And develop a complex, sweet and appetizing fragrance, combined with a smooth and delicate taste.

The name Tie Guan Yin means "Iron Goddess of Mercy" and the tea is as magnificent as its name implies. There are many legends surrounding the origin of its name and one of it tells the story of a kind-hearted but poor farmer named Wei Yin. Despite working hard every day to make a living, Wei Yin would spend his free time tending an abandoned Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) temple he found near his place. One day, he fell asleep in the temple and dreamed about the Goddess telling him to look for a cave behind the temple. There, he found a single tea shoot that he took home and planted it in an iron pot. Slowly, it grew into a tea bush with exceptional quality tea leaves. Wei then gave some cuttings to his neighbors and friends to grow. The County soon prospered due to the popularity of the tea..

Like the Orchid Tieguanyin, the Lao Tieguanyin is a flavorful Chinese tea which is prepared by boiling hot water. The small rolled curled leaves develop into big, beautiful, green leaves after pouring hot water on them. At tea adventure we always rinse the leaves once before drinking. This is not only Chinese tradition (drinking the first tea generates bad luck), but also to 'wake up' the leaves.

The difference in the two types Tieguanyin (lao and orchid) is generated by the way of processing. The Tieguanyin Orchid leaves are oxidized until there is an orchid-like aroma and flavor. The Lao Tieguanyin tea is based on the same leaves compared to the Tieguanyin Orchid, but stored and fermented from 2013 onwards. Therefore, Lao Tieguanyin has a sweeter and less flowery taste.

Tieguanyin oolong tea is picked in small clusters of two or three leaves. The highest grades are from early- season, picked high in the mountains and sold separately. Later picks are of lower quality and probably used in blends. However, the latter is a totally different tea trade.

Especially the Tieguanyin teas are known for their delicious floral fragrance and sweet aftertaste. These characteristics are obtained by partly oxidizing the tea leaves. The leaves are first sun-dried, then partially crushed and then heated to a high temperature. Depending on the process the tea develops a floral taste, a bright fresh taste or even a little bit of a sour taste.

The growing popularity of Tieguanyin tea causes more tea tea shops to open their doors and more tea plantations producing this tea. In Anxi, in some areas, almost every mountain is covered nowadays with tea bushes. As a result, even more types of Tieguanyin tea become available on the market, which makes it even more difficult to control the quality standards. For this reason Tea-Adventure has chosen to work with only one supplier, 3 H Sender. Since 2007 we have been working a long time with these organic and progressive tea plantation, which is based in the mountains of Zhanghou.

We were the first non-Chinese company that started selling their sustainable Orchid Tieguanyin tea. We still believe strongly in this sustainable tea plantation, even when the domestic market showed little interest in sustainable Tieguanyin tea. Today, 3H-Sender is one of the most successful plantations in China. Unfortunately the prices have increased as well. Tea Adventure, as the first foreign customer, may still buy the tea at an adjusted (lower) price from 3H-Sender. This enables us to offer this great Chinese tea at a great price.

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Other namesAged Tieguanyin, lao tieguanyin, Aged Iron Goddess, 老铁观音
AppeareanceCurled jade green leaves that unfurl during brewing. The infused liquor is yellowish, honey-colored.
Harvest Year2017
tasteThis tea has a very delicate and special taste with a strong floral fragance and a sweet aftertaste
Price per cup€0.08

Zhangzhou, Fujian, Organic teaguanyin farm, highest grade

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    1. About Tieguanyin Oolong Tea

      The origins of Tieguanyin can be traced back to the years 1725 – 1735 in Anxi County, Fujian Province. It belongs to the Oolong category and because of its excellent quality and unique flavor, is one of China’s Ten Famous Oolong Tea, finding its way to China and the World’s Top Ten Tea list.

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Water 100 degrees Celsius, 3-7 gram tea per infusion, steep for 10-20 seconds. High quality Tieguanyin can be steeped up to ten times without losing its taste. Before drinking you should rinse the tea and the teaware. According to the Chinese, drinking the first cup of steeped tea could bring bad luck.

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