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Tie Guan Yin

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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Tie Guan Yin

Tie Guan Yin Oolong, Loose-leaf, Public Domain Photo.
Tie Guan Yin or tieguanyin(Chinese 铁观音 or 鐵觀音), often translated as Iron Goddess of Mercy or Iron Buddha, and sometimes written Ti Kuan Yin or Ti Kwan Yin, is a variety of Chinese oolong tea. Tie Guan Yin is made from a particular cultivar of the tea plant, and is also processed by a particular method.

Tie Guan Yin originated in Anxi county in Fujian province of China, where it is still produced, although it is now also produced in Taiwan. Anxi is famous for being the origin of a number of other oolongs as well, including the se chung family of oolongs.

There is a large amount of variability in Tie Guan Yin. This tea varies based on the time of year in which the leaves are harvested, the amount of oxidation of the tea, and perhaps most importantly, the level of roast and method of roasting. The amount of roasting varies widely, from almost none to a very dark roast. Traditionally, most Tie Guan Yin was a darker roast, but a modern green style of Tie Guan Yin with very low oxidation and a very light roast has become popular in recent years, especially in Asian countries. One type of Tie Guan Yin is called Guan Yin Wang, with Wang meaning "king", implying that it is the highest grade of this tea.

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68 / 100
Picture of Ti Kuan Yin (Oolong Goddess)

I wrote a review of this before, but I accidentally deleted it while trying to edit it. Now that I've had a few better examples of Tieguanyin, I don't think this is as good as I initially thought. It's fairly mediocre, actually, with little to distinguish it from other oolongs on the lighter but not quite green end. Br...

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87 / 100
Picture of Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea

The aroma of the dry leaves is very floral, more so than any other Tieguanyin I've had, and the wet leaves are even more aromatic. I'm brewing this in my gaiwan, and after a quick rinse the first infusion is floral and vegetal, with a coolness in the finish that I usually find in Taiwanese oolongs. The second infusion ...

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95 / 100
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Iron Goddess (Oolong) from Caina Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China
Oct. 11th, 2017

Iron Goddess is the first Oolong tea I've had. It has this nice earthy/herbal, flowery flavor, almost a natural sweetness to it's taste. You can clearly imagine the taste by it's smell, which is very much the same. Caina says you want to steep 1tsp for about 30 seconds, with resteeping of the leaves about 5 times. This...

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62 / 100
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Tien Kuan Yin (o) from De Theefabriek

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China
Sep. 12th, 2017

I just find oolongs really difficult. I have three tightly rolled oolongs, including this one, and they taste almost identical to me. I feel like I'm giving ratings almost at random sometimes.

I know I used a very large amount of leaves this time. It has a soapy flavour (not in an unpleasant way) like jade oolongs, ...

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95 / 100
Picture of Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

I was very impressed by this tea. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the reviews. But, I was very happy with it.

Firstly, this isn't what I'd call a full-bodied tea. It's not light, either. It's more in the middle. The notes are delicious and strong, but they don't fill up my entire palette. There's a lot of...

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Monkey Picked Oolong Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
58
9 Ratings
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Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin

Brand:Foojoy
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Anxi, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
69
5 Ratings
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Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings
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Ti Kuan Yin

Brand:Ten Ren Tea
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
91
4 Ratings
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Ti Kuan Yin (Oolong Goddess)

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
29
4 Ratings

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Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings
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Ti Kuan Yin

Brand:Ten Ren Tea
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
91
4 Ratings
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Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin

Brand:Foojoy
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Anxi, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
69
5 Ratings
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Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:Anxi, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
62
3 Ratings
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Monkey Picked Oolong Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
58
9 Ratings

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