Tie Guan Yin Oolong Loose Leaf Tea - Iron Goddess of Mercy
One of the most famous oolong teas, Tie Guan Yin Oolong or Iron Goddess of Mercy comes from the Fujian region of China. This tea is surrounded by legends that say that, for instance, it was offered by the Goddess of Mercy herself to a tea farmer, Mr. Wei because he took such a good care of her temple.
It is light and refreshing with a subtle milky, flowery taste that lasts forever. Like any oolong tea, it can be infused multiple times.
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What is oolong tea?
Contrary to the green tea which is not oxidized and the black tea which is fully oxidized, oolong is partially oxidized. Oolong is mainly produced in China and Taiwan. Almost all of the tea production of Taiwan is that of oolong tea.
Many health benefits are attributed to this type of tea including its help with weight loss.
How to infuse the Iron Goddess of Mercy oolong tea?
You can check this blog post for the classic Chinese way of infusing oolong tea. In a nutshell, it can be infused multiple times and each subsequent infusion liberates different aromas and tastes.
The first infusion has a light yellow colour and prominent milky notes. The pleasant tenderness that it brings lasts forever. It's as if the tea was giving your throat a warm hug.
Delicate citrus notes join the milky notes. The liquid has a slightly darker, honey-like colour. This infusion is a perfectly balanced mix of the sweet - sour - umami tastes. The notes that last the longest are the citrus ones.
The milky notes disappear, the citrus notes become more present. This tea evolves from one subsequent infusion to another like a flower slowly opening up its petals under the morning Sun.
Frequently asked questions
What are the oolong tea health benefits?
The most commonly observed benefits are: reducing bad cholesterol levels, reducing fatigue, reducing the risk of heart disease, enhancing concentration, help with weight loss. Read here for more oolong health benefits.
Does oolong tea help with weight loss?
The Chinese have known oolong tea by more than three centuries and always considered it as helping with weight control. Recent research seems to confirm these claims.