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Iron Goddess of Mercy
Oolong Tea

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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 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 a controlled baking by 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 a poor, but 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.



Tasting Notes: Smooth and rich with aromas of roasted chestnut and notes of dried apricot

Ingredients: Oolong tea.

Additional Info: Oolong tea artisans, like boutique winemakers, bring forth the appellation characters of their teas through traditional crafting techniques. Each oolong tea's distinctive style reflects its place of origin, vintage and tea bush cultivar.

Taiwan
Guywan Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 195°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill 25% of a porcelain guywan with tea
Steep Times: 1st infusion 1 minute, 2nd infusion 20 seconds, 3rd infusion 50 seconds, subsequent infusions about 2 minutes

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Standard Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 195°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Times: 3 minutes (1st infusion), 4 minutes (2nd infusion), 5 minutes (3rd infusion)

We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By Jimh on October 29, 2016
Mukilteo, WA United States
Quickly becoming my go to oolong. Savory.

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By Charlie Murphy on April 2, 2016
New York City, AL United States
I' am a long time loose leaf tea drinker (almost 10 years). I've gotten this tea numerous times, both in 50g and 1 pound quantities. I've always received the tea in good and fresh condition--never had a problem. One of my favorite Rishi teas.

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By Amber on April 16, 2015
Milwaukee, WI, AL United States
This is my first tasting of oolong tea and I'm in love! It's flavor is delicate yet robust and floral. Absolutely delicious, my new favorite tea. Thank you, Rishi!!

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By Robert R. on March 4, 2014
Waukesha, WI, AL United States
This is one of my favorite Oolong teas that Rishi offers. To me, what really sets this tea apart is a beautiful roasted tree nut note that is neither smokey nor burnt, coupled with some very nice floral notes, especially in the first two infusions. The last note is a strong, but smooth, dried pit fruit, like apricot or mango. A smooth tea, but has a bit of astringent note on the finish, which I find ok as it is not over the top. I found Rishi's steeping times of 60/20/50 seconds and then 2 minutes, per infusion, to be spot on. I strongly recommend this tea to all you Oolong lovers out there.

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By Sandra on November 3, 2013
Milwaukee, WI, AL United States
Starting with the wonderful aroma, this tea transports me to a better place. Truely one of the great teas of the world.

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