Yun Xiang (韵香) means “aroma”. Roasting is the key for Yun Xiang Tie Guan Yin’s features: Sweet and mellow flavor, very bright liquid. Usually, people who want to drink Tie Guan Yin will start with Qingxiang Tie Guan Yin, which is the base of Yun Xiang tea. By roasting the Qingxiang tea, we can get the Yun Xiang tea.
Yun Xiang tea has long-lasting aroma, but requires 120% more skill and patience for the makers, especially hand-made tea. During the roasting process, the tea will be roasted for 3 or 4 times, for over 8 hours of each time. The maker must control the temperature carefully, and judge the tea’s quality with his experience. We may say that fine roasted oolong tea is made under a strict “fire” trial.
There are multiple types of Tie Guan Yin in China. It is traditionally divided into three types: Qingxiang, Yunxiang and Nongxiang (浓香). Qingxiang Tie Guan Yin is known as its high aroma and brisk flavor, also called GuanYinYun (观音韵). Giving some charcoal fire into the making of Qingxiang tea, it can be transferred into a different type – the Yun Xiang Tie Guan Yin, which has a full and mellow taste. It has a heavy roasting flavor, long-lasting aroma, while keeps the smooth and sweet taste of Qingxiang tea.
The large-leafed, green tea from the mountain regions of the province of Fujian is plucked and processed during spring time. But only in summer is it ennobled with the high-quality jasmine blossoms. The result is an unbelievably fresh and at the same time very sweet scent.
The broad, fleshy, wiry, very beautiful leaf is characteristic of its appearance just as the pretty silvery-white leaf tips are. The infusion shows that only the finest shoots were processed. The jasmine blossoms are so carefully sieved that they can only be picked out in very small quantities. These efforts are rewarded with a very elegant and light jasmine note.
Oolong tea is also called green tea. It uses green tea’s finishing technique as well as black tea’s fermenting skill, so it is a semi-fermented tea between green tea and black tea. For the same reason, it keeps both green tea’s and black tea’s characteristics with the freshening and clearing flavor of green tea and the thick and luscious fragrance of black tea. The appearance of oolong tea also combines the features of green tea and black tea’s verdant leaves with crimson edges. The leaves are in the shape of long cables, bigger and fatter than green tea or black tea after being cooked. These leaves are strong and thick, so they can be brewed many times.
Tie Guanyin is one kind of oolong tea produced in Anxi County of Fujian Province, so people often call it “Anxi Tie Guanyin”. Anxi is located in the southeast side of the hill, where over 50 kinds of tea leaves are produced, with Tie Guanyin on the top.
Guanyin is also named Guanshiyin, the most popular female Buddha in China. Chinese folds think she is most charitable and most willing to help people, so they call her “the charitable Guanshiyin Buddha who helps the needy and relieves the distressed.” The word “Guanyin” means to listen to people’s miseries.
The tea trees that give birth to Tie Guanyin are born delicate and weak, unable to bear difficult situations. That’s why they are said to be “good to drink but hard to plant.” The trees germinate in late March every year and their leaves can be picked in late April. Picking time runs throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter, with spring leaves having the largest amount and autumn leaves being the most fragrant. High-quality Tie Guanyin leaves are curly, strong, and heavy, with its tip like dragonfly’s head, body like a spire, and bottom like frog’s leg.
This style of tea is the most common jasmine tea worldwide. Jasmine scented tea is tea that has been infused with jasmine flowers several times during tea production. While the flowers are removed, the wonderful aroma and delicate taste remains.
While the authentic Yun Xiang Oolong Tea is produced in Anxi, south of Fujian Provence in China, the manufacture procedure is quite complicated. After steeping, the tea smells a natural fragrance of orchid, with a pure and tasty flavor. Spend a quiet moment drinking this tea. First smell the fragrance, then taste the flavor.
As the country of tea, China has long, extensive and profound tea history, and presented tea as a good gift for years. Nowadays, Chinese tea culture has swept all over the world, and been considered as, ÄúGree Gold‚ Äù.
Famous tea has been the supreme gift, and even the first choice for Chinese people. Our Yun Xiang Tea selected from its place of origin, with pure authentic quality, excellent flavor, will make you enjoy the fragrance like a breath of fresh air.
In recent years, researchers have found that Oolong tea is effective to beautify and strengthen the body. Tie Guanyin contains over 30 mineral elements. Highest of which are the contents of potassium, fluorine and especially selenium. These mineral elements can stimulate the creation of immune protein and antibody, strengthen human ability of preventing disease, and have some effects on coronary heart disease. Besides, the fragrance of tea has positive effects in relaxing body and heart, as well as health preservation and protection.
Ten functions of Yun Xiang Tea
- Prevent arteriosclerosis
- Avoid diabetes
- Lose weight and strengthen the body
- Prevent tooth decay
- Anti-bacteria and treat diarrhea
- Reduce fever and remove pathogenic fire
- Refresh and improve memory and concentration
- Helps to sober up and quit smoking
Recommend Brewing Guide
|Western Method||Chinese Gongfu Way|
|Water: 17oz / 500ml 212℉ / 100℃||Water : 3oz / 85ml 212℉ / 100℃|
|Use 1 Tablespoons / 8 Grams Tea||Use 7.5 Grams Tea|
|3 - 10 mins||7 steeps : rinse,10s,15s,20s,25s,30s,50s,70s|
|Teapot may be your choice||Gaiwan may be your choice.
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
Method of Steeping
A better result comes from using spring water. Boil the water and first get the pot heated by pouring the hot water over the tea pot. Put the tea into the teapot filling half of the pot. Then fill it with boiling water and scrape the bubbles with the cover. Place the lid on the tea pot to allow the tea to smother for a while. You will then smell a special aroma. Slowly pour the tea out for each person. Smell its aroma first. Then slowly sip the flavor. You will feel a mouthful of fragrance with a sweet aftertaste.
All our Oolongs come vacuum packed to ensure freshness!
Store the Yun Xiang tea sealed and in a cool place or refrigerator, with the temperature between 0-18 degrees. (Pay attention that you make sure the tea is sealed up. Do not put together with another odor. Other odors will taint the tea.)
- Origin Place: Huqiu (虎丘), Anxi in Fujian Province.
- Harvest Time: October 12, 2013.
- Crafting: Hand-made.
- Dry Tea: Tight and thick particles, with sparkling dark green/brown color. Shaped like iron, curling knots, like green dragonfly heads.
- Tea Liquid: Bright and clear in orange color.
- Taste: Smooth and full taste, with a rich roasting aroma and an obvious smell of orchid flower. The sweet aftertaste and aroma lasts long in your mouth.
- Aroma: Complex floral and fruity.
- Wet Tea Leaf: Curly leaves, dark and glossy.
- Shelf Life: 18 Months.
- Quantity: 96g (3.4 oz.).
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