For local people, “tie Guan Yin” is exotic, and for Chinese – a traditional and favorite kind of tea. To prepare this tea, you need to consider a lot of subtleties. How to prepare this drink correctly?
Tea “tie Guan Yin” is the most popular Oolong tea in China and outside of this country. The drink is named after the ancient goddess, who told people about this “treasure.” Guan Yin, or Iron Goddess of Mercy, is a revered Holy people. Therefore it is not surprising that people were not ashamed to present this tea to the Emperor.
Taste, color, and aroma of the original Oolong
Tie Guan Yin belongs to the category of Oolong, partially fermented teas. The degree of oxidation determines the taste and color of the brewed tea. The original “Iron Goddess of Mercy” is a large-leaf Oolong tea; the leaves are rolled into tight balls. The dry soup color is dark green with a hint of turquoise.
Ready infusion is light yellow, smells like honey, flowers, Orchid or lilac. Hard to believe, but the original drink does not have flavoring.
The taste of this Oolong is sweet, with notes of fruit and honey. Essential components give the drink its characteristic lubricity.
How to prepare: water and utensils
Tea tie Guan Yin is brewed in the tank, which retains heat well. To do this, you should use the traditional dishes: gaiwan Chinese teapot with a lid. Suitable as well as a clay teapot. Glassware – compromise: does not enhance the flavor, but we can see how blooming tea leaves.
The Chinese use more “the Cup of justice” – a special vessel to pour the tea before pouring the drink into the cups. You should drink the tea from a porcelain miniature Cup with a 20-40 ml volume: what you need, when you consider that the drink is brewed up to 10 times.
Tea needs clean water, ideally spring, but you can take bottled as well. It is impossible to boil the temperature – max 95°C: when the water is not boiling, and rise to the surface of small air bubbles.
Tasting: the brewing procedure
Tea ceremony from the side looks like a ritual with many subtleties, incomprehensible to the uninitiated. But the outward pomp of tradition hides a clear sequence of actions worked by the decades – this is the technology of brewing Chinese tea.
How to make “tie Guan Yin”:
- Pour in the pot portion of tea: 7-8 g 120-150 ml.
- Pour the heated water.
- After 30-40 seconds to drain it.
- Pour new water into the kettle.
- Allow the tea to steep for 1-2 minutes.
- To pour a drink into a bowl and then pour into cups.
- Enjoy the taste and aroma of the “pearls” of Chinese teas.
- After 5-10 minutes, repeat the procedure. “Tie Guan Yin” brew 8-10 times.
With “Guan Yin,” it is good to relax in the company of like-minded people. This Oolong tea helps to relax and tune in to a positive. Brew the drink correctly, and the tea will reveal its charm.