50g Dragon Head Phoenix Tail Tie Guan Yin 龍頭鳳尾鐵觀音

A Long

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Dragon Head Phoenix Tail Tie Guan Yin (龍頭鳳尾鐵觀音, Lóng Tóu Fèng Wěi Tiě Guān Yīn, "Dragon Head Phoenix Tail Iron Guan Yin") Our traditional Charcoal Roasted Tiě Guān Yīn is distinguished from many modern low-oxidation Tiě Guān Yīn by the intense traditional Tàn Bèi 炭焙 roasting process. This step requires a high degree of experience and skill and its success or failure is absolutely instrumental in determining the final quality of the finished oolong. Master A Long of Chaozhou is a fourth generation tea master and uses the skills passed down from his great grandfather, who was an Anxi oolong master, to roast our Tiě Guān Yīn. However, the Tàn Bèi roasting step is the final process of making an oolong - the other steps include picking, withering, rocking, fluffing, fixing, oxidizing, firing, rolling, and drying. These are typically accomplished with the use of various machines, most of which employ a combination of charcoal heat and electric power to simplify the process. While the use of these machines does require skill and greatly reduces the amount of effort and time needed to process the tea, the traditional hand-processing methods to accomplish the same steps still produce a superior product, when done by a skilled master. A Long has been working with Anxi tea farmers who apply the traditional methods to a small, especially high-grade proportion of their harvest, which he then roasts himself in Chaozhou. The resulting tea is completely hand-made, giving a slightly looser, more natural-looking compression to its dark, rolled leaves. The tadpole-shaped leaves with their long “tails” give this tea its name. Because of the highly selective starting material, as well as the hand-processing that precedes the final roast, this special grade of Tiě Guān Yīn is more complex, with a deeper, more resonant huí gān 回甘 ("returning sweetness") and stronger Qi than the regular version. The after fragrance in the finished cup fades from coffee to caramel to butterscotch to vanilla before disappearing.

2 Reviews

  • 5
    astounding clarity and depth

    Posted by Joseph E on Feb 24th 2023

    This tea’s phenomenal. I’d recommend letting it rest a few months to develop a bit of clarity, otherwise you may have a slight sourness, but when rested you’ll get a beautifully deep and sweet soupy tea with a thick texture and delicious toasted caramel taste. Its taste is deep, it’s very warming, and it has a euphoric energy that fills your body from head to toe. You can steep this tea many times. It’s far better than any roasted anxi oolong i’ve had before, and i owe that to it’s clarity &longevity.

  • 5
    Aura Glow

    Posted by Erika Rivertree on Dec 27th 2021

    This is, quite simply, the finest Tie Guan Yin I have ever tasted. It’s an oolong game changer that’s ruined me on anything else, lol. I especially love the slightly sweet porcorny finish from the superb charcoal roast. An utterly satisfying cuppa that makes my aura glow!