Hongxin Tie Guan Yin, literally Red Heart Iron Godess of Mercy, is a medium-roasted oolong from Anxi province, China.
During our trip to China we learnt that the well-known green Tie Guan Yin gained its popularity only in the past few decades with the enhanced interest in unoxidised green teas. Traditionally, Tie Guan Yin is lightly baked so that the raw green taste smoothens a bit thus giving a tea a milder, more relaxed character. A friend of ours, from whom we bought this tea, have recently decided to bake his Tie Guan Yins. He is a real expert in tea-baking, he can really find the best degree for the tea.
After a few infusions, the tea’s initial baked, coffee-like character turns into a green, slightly sour taste that much resembles to those of the green Tie Guan Yin’s. A nice and light-some tea that gently warms you up.
Quantity: 5-6 gramm per 180ml.
Water temperature: 95ºC. From fresh spring water or filtered water.
Brewing time: 6-5…seconds