That Tie Guan Yin (铁 观音) is cultivated on one of Taiwan's highest tea plantations in the Lishan area. The tea gardens are located there at 2600 meters above sea level where the Qing Xin cultivar for the popular high mountain oolongs is usually grown.
At this height, the growth of the tea leaves only develops very slowly, which creates its characteristic round taste.
Unfortunately, due to the high growing region, the harvest is only possible once a year, which makes this tea a real rarity.
When harvesting, the "stem" which connects the leaves is not used as this contains too many bitter substances in the TGY variety.
Our light Iron Goddess Tie Guan Yin was lightly fermented with 30% after the harvest but not roasted, as you might be used to from traditional processing from Fujian.
As a result, the infusion glows gold-yellow in the cup and the tea leaves are jade green. Due to the gentle production, flavors that are reminiscent of apricot or blossom honey develop. The finish is nice and silky with floral aromas.
- Growing area: Lishan mountain region at 2600 meters
- Harvest time: Spring 2020 - picked by hand
- Variety: Tie Guan Yin