wulong tea

Oolong tea (1) - IRON GODDESS OF MERCY (Ti Kuan Yin)

Also named ‘Tie Guan Yin’ the translation means Iron Goddess of Mercy. The story behind the name is of the goddess, Kuan Yin (Guanyin), showed a farmer in his dreams where a tea plant was to thank him for his restoration of a temple and of his worship. This tea plant is now one of China’s most famous teas.

To be enjoyed anytime of the day due to its well known thirst quenching properties and low tannin content, oolong tea is also known for its digestive properties - so enjoy with a meal! It also doubles as a good palate cleanser. The tea is only of 10% oxidisation so this means it is very green in taste, giving it a refreshing, sweet taste. Enjoy with spicy foods, salted dishes and white meats.

taste: low astringency, nutty, caramel, sweet, peach.
brew: 85-90 degrees C, 3 minutes the first brew followed by upto 6 infusions of 30-40 seconds (same temp.).

Introduction to Chinese art of tea

Tea is an important part of Chinese tradition. As Chinese society developed and progressed, tea production has played a role in driving economic development while tea consumption has remained a practice of daily life.

The practice of tea culture can bring the spirit and wisdom of human beings to a higher orbit. Tea has an extremely close relationship to Chinese culture, and its study covers a wide field and has very rich content. It not only embodies the spirit of civilization, but also the spirit of ideological form. There can be no doubt that it has been beneficial in enhancing people’s social accomplishments and appreciation of art.

History 

The practice of drinking tea has a long history in China. Shennong (Chinese: 神农), whose name means the Divine Farmer – and who is considered as the ancient Chinese Father of Agriculture, is honored with the discovery of tea. According to legend, one fall afternoon, Shennong decided to take a rest under a Camellia tree and boiled some water to drink. Dried leaves from the tree above floated down into the pot of boiling water and infused with the water, creating a pot of tea, marking the first ever infusion of the tea leaf. Intrigued by the delightful fragrance, Shennong took a sip and found it refreshing.Since Shennong’s discovery, tea has been grown and enjoyed throughout the world.

Chinese tea culture

Drinking tea:Tea is taken as a beverage to quench thirst.

Tasting tea: The quality of the tea is judged by the color, fragrance and flavor of the tea, the water quality and even the tea set. When tasting tea, the taster should be able to savor the tea thoroughly.

Tea art: While drinking attention is paid to environment, atmosphere, music, infusing techniques and interpersonal relationships.

The highest ambit– tea lore : Philosophy, ethics and morality are blended into tea activity. People cultivate their morality and mind, and savor life through tasting tea, thereby attaining joy of spirit.

Chinese tea lore is several hundred years, possibly even thousands of years, older than that of Japan. It is said that Chinese tea lore places an emphasis on spirit and makes light of form. Tea lore had different representations at different historical periods. Teas are also various, but all embody the tea spirit of “clearness, respect, joy and truthfulness”.

Types of tea

There are various types of tea, the main varieties of Chinese tea are classified as green tea, red tea (black tea), Wulong tea, white tea, yellow tea, and reprocessed tea.

Source:  “Chinese Tea.” ChinaHighlights.Web. 23 Oct. 2015.

The signs as types of tea
  • Aries: Dosha Chai Rooibos Tea; an aromatic harmony equaled only by its extraordinary ingredients. Spicy infusions of ginger, pepper, & cloves with cinnamon undertones makes drinking this tea one wild ride.
  • Taurus: Açaí Blueberry White Tea; a majestic summer picnic of blueberry, with persistent tart hibiscus overtones. Renowned for the soft notes of the beautiful hibiscus flower, this white tea is a delicious, dependable treat.
  • Gemini: Orange Wulong Oolong Tea; be transported to wild orange groves with a cup of this bright citrusy and exotic floral blend. Brimming with a symphony of melodic succulent flavors, this deliciously sweet green oolong tea is excitement in a cup.
  • Cancer: Chocolate Chai Black Tea; velvety and smooth, this soothing black tea is calming any time, day or night. Warm your heart and hands with integrity in a cup.
  • Leo: White Ayurvedic Chai Tea; enjoy a modern twist on a sweet and spicy classic with this tea. Naturally sweet cinnamon with spicy pepper and robust clove create an energetic, dominant flavor.
  • Virgo: Jasmine Oolong Tea; a sublime and aromatic hand-rolled tea which is nothing less than perfection. This most precious of green oolong teas is made more delicate with the gentle scenting of fragrantly sweet jasmine.
  • Libra: Passion Tango Herbal Tea; refreshing and bright, the harmonious pairing of juicy mango and papaya cascades into a tropical wonderland lush with sweet hibiscus. Just one sip of this naturally caffeine-free tea will lead straight to pure bliss.
  • Scorpio: Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea; the rich, heady spices of India mingle with the royal splendor of oolong tea, creating a balanced taste. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves lead the sensory journey that begins with the first faithful aroma.
  • Sagittarius: Watermelon Mint White Tea; this refreshing white tea is the perfect antidote to a hot day. It's peppermint and soothing eucalyptus will keep you calm and collected, no matter how high the mercury rises.
  • Capricorn: Cucumber Melon Cooler Green Tea; refreshing as a summer rain, this practical green tea is crisp, clean and perfect for keeping your cool. Cooling cucumber balanced with sweet pineapple and melon with bright hibiscus make for a well-balanced, disciplined tea.
  • Aquarius: Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea; this loyal red rooibos wonder has black pepper zest, smoothed over with the sweetness of cinnamon, golden apple and and creamy coconut. A sublime voyage of infinite possibilities.
  • Pisces: Peach Herbal Tea; a medley of soft peach and sweet pineapple gently falls across your palate, while calming chamomile tones shower over you, creating a tranquil treat.

Properly translated, the Silver Flower in Chinese is 金銀花, which is Honeysuckle. So our connoisseur collection of Phoenix teas this season will be:
Honeysuckle Phoenix(aka Duck Poop)
Song Zhong
Jasmine Fragrance

We will take a break from Almond, which had a funny finish this season, and not sure about the 8 Immortals yet. Yellow Branch was way too expensive this season so we will take a break as well. This is a rare new selection and no one should be disappointed at the change up…

This selection will be tasted at the Harvest Party May 2nd, so reserve your space early.