Traditional Iron Buddha

  • Original description: Jingtea.com

  • Description on Teapedia: Tie Guan Yin

  • Cultivar: Hongxin Tieguanyin

  • Terroir: Zhenming Garden, Fujian, China

  • Price per 100g: £29 (140 PLN)

General info

"Iron Buddha", also known as "Tie Guan Yin", "Iron Goddess Oolong", "Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva" or simply "TGY", is probably the world's most renowned oolong, known from the early 1700s. According to legend, Emperor Qian Long (1711–1799) was impressed with the tea’s “weight of iron and appearance of Guan Yin”, hence the name, Iron Guan Yin. While it is often translated as "Iron Goddess of Mercy", probably due to the feminine depiction of Guan Yin in Chinese folk art, Guan Yin or Gua Shi Yin is the Chinese word for Avalokitasvara Bodhisattva, who in enlightened form is genderless.

Traditional Iron Buddha infused leaves

In high quality Tie Guan Yin exquisite clarity in both the aroma and taste is that it is airy, bright (can’t be heavy or dull) and with a very long finish (known as chime). Also, similar to other high quality teas, lingering throat sensation (sweetness) called Hou Yun is highly sought after.

Comments about this tea:

"Our Traditional Iron Buddha is around 30% oxidised and medium baked. In contrast to the modern lighter styles, this tea is a balance of fresh flavours and darker notes, rounded and smooth with prominent fruitiness"

Preparation

  • Yixing teapot, traditional Gongfu Cha ceremony.

  • Temperature: 194°F (90°C)

  • Amount of tea: 1/3 of the teapot

  • Time: 60/45/75/90s

Personal notes

Yin and yang - that's what comes to mind when tasting this remarkable tea. Dry green and gold leaves, hand-rolled in a traditional way, yield aromas of popcorn, nuts and chocolate, but even after rinsing one starts to feel the hidden gems of the fruity and floral fragrances. The first infusion is dominated by the darker notes of embracing sweetness - such as of brown sugar, caramel, corn and mango, with nutty echoes. Starting from the second infusion, however, the swelling classic floral and berry-refreshing aromas come into play to intertwine into an incredible duet, which will complement each other up to the last sip. A perfect combination to clear your mind and bring you in harmony with yourself.