Iron Goddess of Mercy
Oolong Tea
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Iron Goddess of Mercy
Iron Goddess of Mercy
Iron Goddess of Mercy

Our Iron Goddess of Mercy is hand-crafted twice each year, in spring and winter, by a fourth-generation artisan oolong teamaker in Mingjian Village in Taiwan's central Nantou county.



Qty:

Smooth and rich with aromas

of roasted chestnut and

notes of dried apricot

About this tea

Our Iron Goddess of Mercy is hand-crafted twice each year, in spring and winter, by a fourth-generation artisan oolong teamaker in Mingjian Village in Taiwan's central Nantou county. Our ball-rolled Iron Goddess of Mercy is made from Wuyi and Qingxin oolong tea cultivars and is crafted in the traditional style, with medium oxidation and moderate roasting through controlled baking by an electric brazier. This carefully managed process creates a smooth palate that exudes aromas of roasted buckwheat with a subtle note of dried apricot.

Also known by the name Tie Guanyin, Iron Goddess of Mercy is said to have been discovered by an elder farmer named Wei who lived in Anxi county, Fujian province. Wei was poor, but the pious man who hiked the long trail to tidy up the dilapidated village temple every week. The merciful bodhisattva Guanyin visited Wei in his dream, telling him to check behind the temple for a gift in honor of his dedication. Wei awoke the next day and hiked to the temple, finding a tea tree growing behind. He cultivated the tea plant and found it made a most fragrant infusion. He shared the seeds with his friends and to this day, the Tie Guanyin cultivar is said to have derived from this legendary lineage.

Ingredients

Oolong tea

Origin

Mingjian Village, Nantou, Taiwan


Caffeine Level

Low

Based on a 8oz cup of tea made with suggested steeping method relevant to the tea type. An average cup of coffee contains about 90 – 120 mg / 8oz cup.

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Preparation
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Traditional Preparation

Water Temperature: 200°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill 25% of a porcelain gaiwan with tea.
Steep Times: 1st infusion 1 minute, 2nd infusion 20 seconds, 3rd infusion 50 seconds, subsequent infusions about 2 minutes.

For more oxidized, aged or baked teas, we recommend a 5-10 second rinse preceding the first infusion. Discard the water after rinsing.

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Origin

Mingjian Village

Nantou County, Taiwan

Around the world, Taiwan is well-known as a country that produces highly specialized teas. The Mingjian Village is situated in the central highlands of Nantou, Taiwan and the gardens here are incredible. Jui Lung focuses on the importance of allowing nature to nurture the grounds. This can be seen in one of the small Wu-Yi gardens—Hong Yu 18 trees on the border, culinary herbs between the tea bush rows and plenty of nitrogen fixing “weeds” to maintain healthy and living soils.

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