Iron Goddess of Mercy, or Tie Guan Yin is typically a lightly oxidized with a wonderful floral and fruity aroma. Tie Guan Yin is the most famous tea bush in Anxi City, which is found in the Fujian Province of China. Tie is chinese for “iron” which is named for the tightly twist balls of tea that resemble Iron properties of being small, but heavy.
Tie Guan Yin is one of my favorite teas. After having a bad experience with a Tie Guan Yin, Maleah offered to send me a sample of hers to try, which was so sweet of her! This tea is really great. Unlike some other Tie Guan Yin’s I have had that are more ‘green’ , this one is toastier and darker. The liquor color of this tea is a beautiful bright golden-yellow. It smells of buttered toast and slightly fruity, I can’t make the fruit out, but it reminds me a tart,yet sweet fruit. The smell is intoxicating and really lasts over multiple infusions! I love the flavor. It is toasty, with some beautiful floral notes on the end. The toasty flavor is accompanied by a slightly sweet honey note, which reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. The honey makes the tea lightly sweet so in my opinion, no sugar would need to be added.I infused this tea for 5 steeps, and the aroma and flavor really lasted! I would recommend this tea if you are looking for something new to try!
Cha Cha Tea is a small tea company located in Madison, Wisconsin. She almost exclusively sells organic teas, meaning she supports growers and farmers who farm using organic and natural methods. These methods yield a much healthier and tastier cup of tea! Also, Cha Cha Tea is a small tea company, that focuses on providing small amounts of artisan teas to their customers. I’ve had a wonderful experience with Maleah at Cha Cha Tea and would definitely order from them in the future!
(PHOTO CREDIT COURTESY OF CHA CHA TEA/MALEAH MOSKOFF)