Our Iron Buddha (Tieguanyin) tea is harvested in the Spring time and comes from a small family owned plantation in Anxi, Fujian, China. This is our favourite tea of all time - refreshing fresh floral with a hint of orchid, and a long, smooth aftertaste.
It is an Oolong tea, first cultivated in 1725 in Anxi county (near Xiamen and Quanzhou) in southern Fujian. At the turn of the 20th century it was brought to Taiwan, and so there are two main categories of Tieguanyin; the Anxi version and the Muzha (Taiwanese). The highest quality tea is found in the mountainous area of Inner Anxi due the altitude, climate and water. Xiping of Inner Anxi is said to be the birthplace of Tieguanyin.
Each package contains 50g of tea.
How to enjoy:
Infuse approx. 6g of tea in water heated to 95°C for 5 to 7 minutes. The low caffeine content makes it suitable as an evening tea.
** This product cannot be shipped to our customers in Australia.
Background of Tieguanyin tea:
The traditional Tieguanyin methods has been well preserved in Anxi with old tea trees and the traditional style of labour intensive artisanal roasting and processing. Anxi Tieguanyin regained its historical quality and reputation in the 1990s when economic reform and the open door policy had resulted in the replacement of standardized industrial production with small batch artisanal growing and processing by individual family plantations.
The more robust and roasted Taiwanese Muzha Tieguanyin has become popular in recent years, but true connoisseurs prefer the real taste and aroma of Anxi Tieguanyin, which is more long lasting and complex. Genuine Anxi Tieguanyin is baked, producing a golden yellow liquid with a complex floral taste profile and warm aroma lingering for a long time in the mouth.