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Our May Tea of the Month Is Tie Kwan Yin Oolong!

May is here, and so is our latest Tea of the Month. And it’s a special one: Tie Kwan Yin Oolong is one of the most prized teas among oolong drinkers in Taiwan, often reserved long before harvest. What makes it so special? Read on to find out more about this special tea– and don’t forget to shop Tie Kwan Yin Oolong at 15% off during the month of May.

A Long History + Distinctive Terroir

Tie Kwan Yin (also known as Tie Guan Yin and Iron Goddess) is originally from Anxi County in the Fujian Province of China. It was brought to Taiwan from a tea farmer in the late 1890s, and has been growing in Muzah, New Taipei City, ever since.

Two Varieties

Based on roasting method and growing location, there are two different types of Tie Kwan Yin:

Muzah Tie Kwan Yin – The terroir (growing climate and soil conditions) of the Muzha district of Taiwan gives tea leaves grown here a distinct flavor. With a rich, deep flavor and a subtle bitterness, Muzah Tie Kwan Oolong is pleasantly balanced by mellow, fruity and nutty notes, with a touch of sweetness. The leaves are reddish brown and curled into balls. This is the variety that we offer. Tie Kwan Yin Oolong from Tea Ave is an MOA organic tea.

Anxi Tie Kwan Yin – This variety is grown in Anxi County in the Fujian Province in China. This type of Tie Kwan Yin is closer to green tea, with only a little oxidation. The tea is very flowery and has fresh delicate aroma character and a golden color. 

Did you know?

  • Tie Kwan Yin harvested in autumn yields the best flavor and aroma.
  • Top varieties of Tie Kwan Yin rank some of the most expensive tea in the world since they are only produced in small batches and the demand is much higher than supply. 

Tie Kwan Yin is a truly distinct tea, with a taste like no other. Taste buds whetted? Shop our Tea of the Month here.

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