Five Days of Pekoe: Ti Kuan Yin

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Day two of the oolong posts. Today we are going to discover the Ti Kuan Yin Tea. It’s also spelt as “Tieguanyin”, meaning Iron Goddess of Mercy. The tea originates from China and has a pretty cool legend behind it. In China, the Iron Goddess is known as Guanyin. A long time ago, a poor peasant on his way to work in the tea fields would pass by a temple with her statue. Every day he would be upset by the temple’s poor condition, and being poor he hadn’t the money to repair it. So he decided to clean the temple and offer incense at the feet of Guanyin twice a month. One night, she came to him in a dream to tell him that behind the temple was a treasure that he is to share with others and they will all prosper. Behind the temple, he found a cave with a single Guanyin tea leaf which he then grew into a whole bush. The peasant and his village prospered and the temple was restored.

I adore this Pekoe tea and its legend. I’m going to be totally honest. I giggled when I opened the packet because it looked like weed. But it smelt absolutely delightful. It’s woody, grassy and a little bit ashy in scent. Now, this tea only needs a minute or two to brew and it is quite a high-grade oolong.

The taste is incredibly inoffensive. It is not overwhelmingly earthy, it’s not too floral and it’s not smoky once its brewed. It is almost like a better, milder version of the English Breakfast tea. I’d be curious to make this into an iced oolong tea!


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