Iron Goddess Of Mercy Oolong Tea/Ti Kuan Yin Antioxidant Loose Leaf Gift

A distinctive light cup that has hints of orchid-like flavor. Excellent for quiet moments. INGREDIENTS: Oolong tea INGREDIENTS FROM: China GRADE(S): Ti Kuan Yin Special ANTIOxIDANT LEVEL: High CAFFEINE LEVEL: Low KOSHER: Yes VEGETARIAN: Yes VEGAN: Yes Oolong tea is semi fermented which is one of the reasons it has such a unique character. The semi fermentation gives the tea a little bit more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea … & interestingly it gives the flavor a very unique twist. You will see (particularly in the infused leaf) that the edges of the leaves are slightly bruised (brownish). The reason for this is that the leaves are lightly bruised to start the oxidation process. Because they are more full bodied than green teas, oolong teas must not be picked too early or at too tender a stage. They must be produced immediately. Unlike leaves for green tea, those destined to be oolong are wilted in the direct sun & then shaken in tubular bamboo baskets to bruise the leaf edges. The bruising is what makes the edges oxidize faster than the center. After 15-25 minutes (depending upon ambient temperature & humidity levels) the tea is fired, locking in the special flavor profile. There are several grades of Ti Kuan Yin (a.k.a Iron Goddess of Mercy). This particular type is the premium grade – below the superior grade but has many of the characteristics of top Ti Kuan Yin Oolongs. It has been written that Ti Kuan Yin is at first bitter, then sweet & finishes with a fragrance, which lingers on your palate. We find this particular grade is sweet with a fragrant finish & has no bitter notes. Brewing Guide: 1 heaping teaspoon of tea Temperature: 185o F Steep time: 1-3 minutes Iron Goddess Of Mercy Oolong Tea/Ti Kuan Yin Antioxidant Loose Leaf Gift