The sweet and complex flavor of Traditional Tie Guan Yin is darker and deeper than green-style Anxi wulong, with a caramel-like candied-nut aroma. It is lighter roasted than rock wulong but processed in the same traditional style with long dark twisted leaves. Its sweetness and medium roast make it an excellent introductory wulong that is neither too light nor too dark.
Instead of being compressed into compact “pearls,” Chuantong Tieguanyin retains the traditional long, dark, twisted wu long “black dragon” leaf shape, much like most other dark wulongs. Its heavier oxidation and long roasting give it a greater depth and layered complexity of flavor than modern Anxi wulong, as well as a sweet finish. However, it remains lighter than other dark wulongs. Characteristic of the Tieguanyin tea cultivar, the infused tea remains very clean and clear, but with a bright golden orange color. Under stronger oxidation and roasting, Tieguanyin’s intense fresh floral aroma transforms into a caramel-like sweet candied-nut fragrance.
Iron Goddess Tie Quan Yin Tea
Teaware: 12 oz. glass, porcelain or yi xing clay pot
Amount: 1 ½ Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 212°F (boiling) filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 4 infusions.
Wu Long Tea