"The velocity of time turns her voice into sugar water"
The Bodhisattva of Compassion, Guan Yin lends her name to a famous Oolong Tea: Iron Goddess of Mercy (Tie Guan Yin). According to legend, this tea originated in Anxi County, in Fujian, China. Supposedly, the original tea plant that gave birth to the Guan Yin cultivar can still be found there.
In Taiwan, Tie Guan Yin became a very popular roasted oolong. But in Anxi it continues to be produced in its original un-roasted form. This tea has the classic, indescribable flavor of high mountain oolongs, also called “green” or “jade” oolongs. It is buttery, flowery, and unmistakable, with a lingering vanilla-sweet flavor.
Guan Yin's Origin
Leaf: 1 1/2 tsp (3g) for a single cup, 2 tsp (5g) for a medium pot, 3-4 tsp (6-8g) for a large pot
Water: Full boil (100C / 212F)
Time: 1-3 minutes for a single cup, 3 minutes for a medium pot, 3-4 minutes for a large pot
'Wake up the Leaves' before your first brew: add enough boiling water to cover the leaves, then discard. This tea can be brewed many times.
Size: 50 grams (1.8 oz)
Type: Oolong Tea
Origin: Anxi County, Fujian, China
Character: Creamy/Vanilla, Floral, Sweet