Oolong Ti Kuan Yin
Iron Goddess of Mercy
Brewing: 1 tsp per cup ~ 90°C ~ 3-5 mins
Country of Origin: China.
Region: Fujian Province.
Grade: Ti Kuan Yin.
Altitude: 2500 ft. above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Oolong.
Cup Characteristics: A distinctive light cup that has hints of orchid-like flavour. Excellent for quiet moments.
Infusion: Pale green yellow liquor, tending slightly amber.
Ingredients: Luxury Oolong tea.
Antioxidant Level: High.
Caffeine Content: Low.
Oolong tea is semi-fermented which is one of the reasons it has such a unique character. The semi-fermentation gives the tea a little bit more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea and, interestingly, it gives the flavour a very unique twist. You will see (particularly in the infused leaf) that the edges of the leaves are slightly brownish. The reason for this is that the leaves are lightly bruised, to start the oxidation process.
There are several grades of Ti Kuan Yin (a.k.a Iron Goddess of Mercy). This particular type is the premium grade - below the superior grade but has many of the characteristics of top Ti Kuan Yin Oolongs. It has been written that Ti Kuan Yin is at first bitter, then sweet and finishes with a fragrance, which lingers on your palate. We find this particular grade is sweet with a fragrant finish and has no bitter notes.
Oolong tea is reputed to raise your metabolism naturally, as the tea leaf is thermogenic. If you do not change your diet other than drinking three cups a day, you could still lose up to 7lb in a year.
Recommended: Drink three times a day as part of a controlled diet. Also, see Pu Erh teas for slimming.
Traditional Brewing Method
Oolong teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after about 1 minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the preceding cup.
Add sugar to taste. Milk not recommended for oolong tea.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb is to double the amount used. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
An extra special tea
I don't know what it is about this tea but I fell in love with it the first time I tried it. So much so that I ordered the 500g pack the last time I ordered. Its a soft and gentle tea and often the second brew from the leaves is different and even better, more subtle.
William Slingsby | Somerset | June 2021