Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong
Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong
Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong
Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong

Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong Loose Leaf Oolong Tea


Regular price $9.49
(12Β’ per cup)

408 in stock

This Chinese Oolong Loose Leaf Tea is known as the Iron Goddess of Mercy (Tieguanyin or Tie Guan Yin). Crafted to an exact point at which the leaves reveal their hidden subtleties.

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Tasting Notes

The first infusion has a succulent sweetness with later infusions leading to green floral notes. Each time you infuse the leaves different subtleties are revealed.

Quantity

Use 0.1-0.2 oz of leaf per 5.5 fl oz of water (2 - 4g per 150ml).

Temperature

For the optimum infusion wash the leaf with 212Β°F (100Β°C) water, then use the same (slightly cooled) water to infuse.

Time

Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.

Infusions

You can infuse this tea at least three times. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

12Β’ per cup based on 0.1 oz of leaf per 5.5 fl oz of water and 3 infusions.

A gaiwan is the ultimate way to enjoy your oolong tea. Used in China since the Ming dynasty (over 900 years ago), gaiwans are unassuming but beautifully functional teapots that can be used to explore tea to its fullest – the following method can be used to make up to six infusions.

Start with 4-6g of oolong tea and pop it in the gaiwan teapot. Boil a kettle to 212Β°F/100Β°C, then pour an inch of the water on the leaf for a few seconds, and discard this liquid. This "wash" softens the rolled leaf and allows the water to penetrate.

Fill the gaiwan with the hot water to just below the rim, infuse for 5-10 seconds and strain completely into your cup or a jug. There's no need to reheat the water as you go, because the softened leaves will require lower temperatures to release their flavours - but you will need to extend the time to 10-20 seconds for later steeps. We recommend at least six infusions to allow the leaf to completely open out and reveal all its beauty.

For a more comprehensive guide to using a gaiwan see our full guide here.

Here is a short video demonstrating how to get the most out of your precious oolong leaves with a gaiwan:

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Oolong Tea

FLAVOURS

Sweet & Savoury

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