- Serving Size: 2.7g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 82°C
- Steeping Time: 3 mins.
- Certification: Organic
- Origin: China
- Caffeine: Medium
Iron Goddess, aka Ti Kwan Yin, is a high-mountain oolong tea from Fujian Province, China. It has a subtle but distinctive flavor, a pale golden color, and a light floral fragrance. The tightly rolled leaves unfurl into large broad green leaves that can be steeped several times. Oolong teas can be an acquired taste if one is used to black teas with milk, however this one is well worth the time, and is very highly recommended.
Story, Folklore, History...
Bodhisattva AvalokitesvaraIron Goddess tea is named after the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, known as 'Guan Yin' in Chinese, or 'Iron Goddess of Mercy'. According to legend, there was a poor farmer who, out of reverence and respect, used to sweep the floor and light incense in an old crumbling shrine to Guan Yin. One night, Guan Yin came to him in a dream and told him of a treasure hidden in a cave behind the shrine. Guan Yin asked him to find the treasure and share it with all the villagers. When the farmer looked, he found a tiny tea bush. He brought it to his field and nurtured it and it produced the finest tea in the region. The farmer named this tea Tie Guan Yin.
Tasting NotesCertification: Organic
Grade or Quality: Leaf
Aroma: Grassy, floral
Infusion Aroma: Lemongrass
Infusion Color: Pale Green
Base flavor: Grassy, floral
Infusion Strength: Medium-light
Have you tried Iron Goddess? Tell us what you think!
Absolutely the best Chinese tea I have ever had. I cannot keep it in our home because we all love it. Best brewed with hot, hot water and let steeped for about 5-7 minutes with the cover on the clay pot. One small block of brown (cane) sugar and boy do you have a great tea that also helps you sleep like a baby!
Submitted by Bob Mccaig
I good oolong tea. Can be brewed a few times so a little goes a long way.
Submitted by markodm
Wonderfully mild oolong. Definitely more on the green flavour side, but more substance than green teas.
Submitted by JCW
From the Shanti Tea Canada Blog
Does Tea Contain Caffeine? - by Shanti Tea
Yes. Tea does indeed contain caffeine, however the story doesn’t just end there. Most of us are familiar with the caffeine in coffee, and when we think of caffeine and its effects on our bodies, we think about how coffee makes us feel. But the caffeine in tea is mediated by other compounds, and the reaction we have to tea is very different than the reaction we have to caffeine in coffee.
First of all, it is important to revisit the fact that all tea comes from the same plant. So green teas, white teas, oolong teas, and black teas are all the leaves of the Camelia sinensis plant. It is the percentage of oxidation of the tea leaves which makes the difference. This means that at the beginning, right when the leaves are plucked, all tea leaves have the same (similar) amount of caffeine in them. But then why do some people say that white tea contains less caffeine than black tea?
Oxidation and Caffeine
Although all fresh tea leaves have the same amount of caffeine in them, they also contain...