IRON GODDESS - TI KUAN YIN OOLONG TEA
A lively, medium bodied tea with a fresh floral bouquet, lightly roasted notes & a delightful lingering aftertaste. Produced in Anxi County, Fujian Province, where this tea was originally invented. A mountainous region of China which offers ideal conditions for creating teas of great character due to a combination of rich soil, abundant rainfall, high altitudes (which slows the plant’s growth & thereby creates added flavour complexity) & a long history of skilled tea production.
Named after the Buddhist Goddess of Compassion who is said to have chosen to stay on earth to help others gain enlightenment. According to legend, Kuan Yin appeared to a local farmer in a dream & told him of a treasure hidden in a cave behind a temple that he was to share with others. When he awoke, he found the cave & a tea shoot inside which he planted, shared with his neighbours & which grew into this wonderful tea, which continues to be treasured today for its pleasing taste & healthful properties. Ti Kuan Yin is associated with anti-aging, cardiovascular, metabolism boosting, digestive & slimming benefits.
ANXI COUNTY, FUJIAN CHINA TI KUAN YIN CULTIVAR
Our Special Reserve Tea Collection celebrates the art of tea craftsmanship, supports biodiversity, the environment & small scale tea farmers. Requiring great skill to produce, many of the teas in this collection can take a Tea Maker over 10 years to learn & by purchasing these teas you’re helping keep these traditions & unique tea varietals alive & thriving.
How to maximize the taste & aroma
> brew & serve it Chinese Tea Ceremony style in a medium to heavy weight porcelain teapot & cups
> sip from a thin, curved lip teacup or gaiwan (lidded teacup)
Our teaware is curated by our Tea Master & is available in-store only. We offer an unique selection of connoisseur’s teawares which are limited edition. They are created by highly skilled artisans, are often not sold anywhere else in North America & include exclusive collaborations with local & overseas makers. Selection varies by location & we invite you to visit us in person to browse the selection. Ask a staff member to show you our selection of specialized connoisseur’s teaware.
Pour 2 cups of water over 1 tsp. of SILK ROAD premium quality, organic loose tea. This may not seem like a lot of tea but SILK ROAD teas are incredibly fresh & flavourful, which means that you don’t need very much in order to produce a delicious cup of tea. Using any more tea leaves can result in a cup of tea that is too strong.
- herbal tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 7-10 minutes
- wellness tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | cover & steep 7-10 minutes
- green tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 1-3 minutes
- black tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 2-5 minutes
- white tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 3-5 minutes
- oolong tea bring water to the boil | steep 5-7 minutes
Loose teas are sold in refillable tins to preserve the tea’s superb flavour, freshness and nutrients. Normally, we encourage you to bring your empty tins into our shops to refill. However, this is currently on pause due to Covid-19. We’re delighted to offer another eco-friendly, low-waste way to re-use your tins!
Brown bag refills are available when you purchase tea in-store and online. Simply select “refill” to receive your tea in a brown bag refill. Immediately transfer the tea to the original tin it came in, once the brown bag refill is home or has arrived in the mail. Brown bags are 100% recyclable, compostable, biodegradable and made of post-consumer recycled paper.
CAN I STORE TEA IN THE BROWN BAG REFILL? No, it is a short term method for transport only and is not suitable for storing. It will not maintain tea’s freshness, nutrients and flavour. It does not protect against exposure to air, liquid or moisture. Air exposure causes nutrient & flavour loss; liquid/moisture causes tea to mildew. As soon as you get home from the shop, or when it arrives in the mail, transfer tea immediately into Silk Road tins - they are designed to preserve the tea.
ABOUT TEA SIZES Refer to the above chart - our loose teas are sold by volume, not weight.