Beautiful as the Goddess, heavy as iron” if there is a phrase to describe Tie Guan Yin, there can be no more vivid and poetic description. Tie Guan Yin has a tightly rolled appearance resembling dark brown agate, and a lustrous blackish-green color. The tea liquor is bright with an amber hue. The intricate tea-making process, unique to Taiwan, involves the slow and laborious “bundle-roasting” and “rolling with cloth.” This time-consuming process gives rise to Tie Guan Yin’s most distinctive flavor: the “Guanyin Charm.”
Taiwanese Tie Guan Yin refers to teas made using the “special Tie Guan Yin processing method.” Varieties used can include Jin Xuan金萱, Wu Yi武夷, Mei Zhan梅占, or hard stem Red Heart硬枝紅心. However, when referring to ” Authentic Tie Guan Yin,” it specifically indicates teas made using the Tie Guan Yin processing method from the “Red Heart Crooked Tail Peach紅心歪尾桃” variety.
In terms of production techniques, Tie Guan Yin is semi-fermented, creating a rich and mellow taste with a subtle fruit acidity in the aftertaste. Through the heavy roasting process, the intense and robust roasting aroma of Tie Guan Yin is gradually brought out.
In the cold winter, brewing a pot of warm Tie Guan Yin allows the fragrance to diffuse between the nose and throat, and the lingering and intense flavor remains for a long time. This is undoubtedly the ultimate pleasure for tea lovers.