Oolong teas are ranked as some of the best in the world, with semi-fermented leaves half way between a black and a green tea. Their floral, lingering sweetness comes from a process of repeatedly bruising and shaking the leaves.
Tie Guan Yin, also known as Iron Goddess, invented during Qing Dynasty, is the most well known and top variety type of Oolong Tea from the Anxi, Fujian province. It has a distinctive shapes to the leaves which are quite different from other varieties of Oolong. Although the teas go through quite a complicated process, the fermentation is light. The production process has around 12 steps that it must go through, the tossing of the tea leaves is one of the most important steps, which creates the unique taste and fragrance.
Phoenix Tie Guan Yin is the 'light aroma' sytle which was lightly oxidized, lightly roasted with a very flowery and fresh delicate aroma character and golden yellow tea liquid. They were carefully harvested and picked in autumn from Anxi, Fujian province, China. Packaged in a beautifully designed tin with a traditional Chinese pattern.
Origin: Anxi, Fujian Province, China
Leaf Type: Oolong Tea
Taste: Aromatic with a Floral Sweetness (Light Aroma Style)
Harvesting Time: Autumn 2013
Net Weight: 100g
Standard Steps for Brewing Chinese Oolong Tea
- Warm Up Tea Set: Use boiling water to warm the teapot and wash the tea set in preparation for tea
- Add Tea Leaves: choose 7g-10g of tea leaves depending on personal taste; For weaker tasting tea - Decrease the amount of tea leaves; For stronger tasting tea - Increase the amount of leaves
- ADD WATER: Use 150ml - 250ml of water between the temperature of 90°c - 95°c (Preferably good spring water or filtered tap water)
- BREW TEA: Leave the first tea to brew anything between 30-35 seconds, each brew after leave to brew for a further 5-10 seconds
- ENJOY YOUR TEA: Once brewed, strain the infusion into the serving jug then pour as required into individual cups
The tea leaves can be brewed up to 7-9 times. Traditionally the 2nd and 3rd brews are the best.
Please note that these instructions are only a guide; adapt to your own personal preference.
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