Iron Goddess Tieguanyin

Yellow-gold liquor, touch of spice, fruit in the finish

Often referred to as the tea of poets, "Iron Goddess" is our traditional-style Tieguanyin oolong. The name Tie Guan Yin is often translated as "Goddess of Mercy", yet the name is now generally accepted to describe an oolong cultivar offering an intense aroma, some fruitiness and a depth of flavor.

Lot Notes. It is medium oxidized, with leaf colors primarily of brown tones with a light mix of green-side leaf. This is the style we find offers a well-rounded cup, plenty of flavor with a smooth lingering finish. Note the leaves are quite large and rolled in the traditional style. Harvest date: 2021.

Tea Facts. It is grown in the AnXi region of Fujian Province, an area famous for the quality of its oolongs. Tea was processed at a co-op that specializes in Tieguanyins. Medium-oxidized oolongs were long the preferred style in China's domestic market before the more recent and widespread popularity of low-oxidized, greener-side oolongs.

Tasting Notes. The leaves unfurl slowly to release a lush, yellow-gold liquor with a touch of spice and some fruit in the finish. The first steep is known for its aroma; subsequent steeps release flavor. Like all Tieguanyins, this lot will steep multiple times. It is also a great tea to drink with friends using the "gung fu" brewing method - plenty of leaf, short & rapid steeps, keep pouring. 

Brewing Suggestions. Use boiling water, a tablespoon of leaf. Rinse the leaves briefly, pour the water off to "awaken" the leaves. Then re-infuse and steep for 2-2.5 minutes. Taste and steep longer if a stronger flavor is your preference. Drain the water off the leaves between infusions and they should provide 4-5 steeps!

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  • 5
    Iron Goddess Tieguanyin

    Posted by Jim on 2nd Apr 2021

    I had this tea back in the early 90's and though I was trying many teas at that time this teas was the best. Iron Goddess Tieguanyin is exactly the same. It does not take much if your making a cup or a pot of tea. The little balls expand while steeping, I use about 6 pieces to make a strong tea.

  • 4
    Iron Goddess

    Posted by Tim Ford on 10th Nov 2018

    My latest pound of Iron Goddess brews a little lighter than the last. Wonderful tea, wonderful service from Silk Road!

  • 4
    satisfying & invigorating

    Posted by David on 4th Oct 2017

    This tea is satisfying for its price. All it takes is a spoonful to elevate my mood and help me focus on my work for hours. It is rich and potent without being overpowering like coffee.

  • 5
    In my Top 5!

    Posted by Brian T on 3rd Nov 2015

    Really love this tea. I love the flavor!

  • 5
    Great flavor for 3-4 steeps

    Posted by George Snipes on 8th Sep 2015

    I really like this tea. I saw that someone else's review complained this to be overpowering, but as with many oolong teas, over brewing can ruin the flavor. I don't time my brewing. I go by the aroma. My first brewing is less than a minute, and each following brewing is longer. This tea has a rich color and flavor. It is great for an everyday tea, and I will be buying this one again.

  • 3

    Posted by Mehmet on 30th Oct 2014

    A nice oolong which has a smokey flavor and reminds me of hojicha

  • 2
    too earthy

    Posted by Doug Holbrook on 25th Sep 2014

    I wanted this one to be a good standby cost effective oolong. I was rather disappointed. The earthy flavor was over powering and hid any typical oolong notes.

  • 5
    great all around tea

    Posted by Unknown on 25th Aug 2014

    I love this tea it seem to go we'll with food. I make a pot every evening to enjoy after I come home, and share with my wife.