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 varietal offering an intense aroma, some fruitiness and a depth of flavor.
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.
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.
The leaves unfurl slowly to release a lush, yellow-gold liquor that is fruity. The first steep is known for its aroma; subsequent steeps are known for their 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. Long after tasting, you will note the taste of this tea has lingered to be enjoyed yet again.
Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly and pour the water off. This will "awaken" the leaves. Then re-infuse and steep for two minutes. Taste and steep longer if a stronger flavor is your preference. Drain the water off the leaves between infusions and they should easily provide 5-6 steeps!