30g Charcoal Roasted Tie Guan Yin 炭焙鐵觀音

A Long

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30.00 Grams

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Charcoal Roasted Tie Guan Yin (炭焙鐵觀音, Tàn Bèi Tiě Guān Yīn, "Charcoal Roasted Iron Guan Yin") This traditional high-oxidation version of the classic “Iron Goddess” Anxi oolong varietal is roasted by A Long, a 4th-generation Phoenix Mountain tea master based in Chaozhou. Although Tiě Guān Yīn is from Anxi, not the Phoenix Mountains, A Long is renowned for his skill in charcoal roasting. While Tiě Guān Yīn is one of the most famous and celebrated of all Chinese oolongs, the variety most commonly found these days is the low oxidation “jade” version of Tiě Guān Yīn. This is not only due to the trend among young people for the light floral fragrance of jade oolongs, but the fact that the low oxidation version can be successfully accomplished through the use of machine-assisted roasting and drying techniques. The roasting style necessary to make the traditional Tiě Guān Yīn is intensive - it requires the tea to be roasted 5 times in 5 days, a grueling process especially as it must be done in small batches. As a results, this tea, when produced in Anxi, is often roasted electronically using ovens. A Long purchases high quality fresh Tiě Guān Yīn leaves and roasts them himself in the traditional style, recreating the classic coffee, caramel, and toasted nut profile of this famous tea.

5 Reviews

  • 5
    Superb Tie Guan Yin

    Posted by Francesco C on Jul 21st 2023

    I drink a lot of oolongs, and it’s really rare for me to still be thinking of a tea’s taste more than a day after drinking it. Superb roast, really lovely nutty, woody flavour balanced by a caramel sweetness and a surprising petrichor-like note.

  • 5
    amazing tea

    Posted by Eric Smith on May 28th 2023

    I enjoyed the taste of this tea. the smell of the leafs was wonderful. not overpowering from the roasting process. one of the teas I've reordered.

  • 5
    A nostalgia-inducing cup of roasty goodness

    Posted by Ben on Apr 26th 2022

    Many years ago a friend from China sent me a package of various teas tha were favorites of his father. One was a dark roasted Tie Guan Yin. It was amazing. None of the other Tie Guan Yin teas I tried over the years measured up. I started thinking it was me trying to compare subsequent samples to a dream or feeling rather than the actualflavor of that fabled package of tea, until now. The Tie Guan Yin I recently received from West China Tea thoroughly met my expectations and exceeded them. Delicious, rich tea with so many dark nuances that any word, or words, I conjure seems completely inadequate.

  • 5
    Is there a 6 star option?

    Posted by Tucker Godbold on Oct 8th 2020

    I nearly jumped from my seat when I first smelled this aroma- do they make roasted tie guan yin candles? This was such a treat that I had to immediately go back and order a bigger quantity. I would consider an endless supply of this as one of my hypothetical genie wishes.

  • 5
    And here I thought I just didn’t like Tie Guan Yin

    Posted by Michael L. on Sep 15th 2020

    I want to preface the review with the fact that I’m mostly a wuyi guy when it comes to oolongs but there was a discount I couldn’t refuse so I bought this. Boy was it a good idea. The tea is super sweet but not disgustingly so. When you’re drinking it’s like a hazelnut coffee from a third wave store. And this is one of the most bang for your buck teas too, I got 12 steepings but easily could’ve gotten more. Can not recommend this tea enough not to mention how special of a find it is. If you like toasty caramel, hazelnut coffee or even just one of those flavors, this is a must have.