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China Tea ep. 23 – Tie Guan Yin & Da Hong Pao | Sunday Tea Book | Sip-a-long – TGY Classic

Tie Guan Yin

Zen and tea have always been intertwined. Naming a tea Tie Guan Yin, it seems that zen is practiced when brewing and sipping this tea.

Lingering aroma

Tie Guan Yin is the most famous tea among oolongs, both domestics and internationally. Tie Guan Yin originates from Anxi, Fujian Province, a representative tea of Minnan Oolong.

Gongfu brewing is the best for Tie Guan Yin. Using water around 90ºC, the aroma persists after 7 steepings. It has the richness of black tea and the freshness of green tea, with an orchid aroma, which naturally grow where Tie Guan Yin grows.

A zisha teapot is a great vessel for brewing Tie Guan Yin, and the tea also nourishes the teapot. There’s a saying that once you’ve tried Tie Guan Yin, you’ll never let it go.


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Tie Guan Yin Classic


Dry Leaf: vanilla, caramel
Liquor colour: amber
Liquor nose: gentle sweet floral
Liquor flavor: hints of malty sweetness, creamy aftertaste
Mouth Feel: rich and smooth, complex
Gaiwan Lid: creamy sweet, light orchid floral

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The look of dry leaves: curved, strong and sturdy balls, weighty and uniformed, deep lustrous green. Overall shape like a dragonfly’s head.


Tie Guan Yin has a long lingering and rich aroma, strong “yin yun” (Tie Guan Yin yun), with orchid, raw peanut, or coconut notes. Its golden or light orange liquor delivers a complex and thick mouthfeel with freshness, hints of honey, and a crisp return sweet.

Da Hong Pao

Da Hong Pao is one of the best cultivars of Wuyi yancha, even known as the “best tea”. It originates in the north of the Wuyi Mountains. The 6 tea bushes on Jiulong Ke are the hundred-year-old Da Hong Pao mother bushes. They are extremely rare tea plants and are considered a national treasure.

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Grown on the cliff

Da Hong Pao grows on the high cliffs of Jiulong Ke where it still preserves the carving of “Da Hong Pao” placed by the monks from Tianxin Temple in 1927. This location has short sunlight, plenty of diffused light, a big temperature difference between day and night, and a brook dripping through all year round. This unique environment helps form the unique quality of Da Hong Pao.

The mother bushes of Da Hong Pao are over a hundred years old. The 6 bushes are a national treasure and are strictly protected. It used to pluck once in the spring, but it hauled in 2006.


Look of dry leaves: tight, long strip shape, dark green, brown-ish color with vivid radiance.


Bright orange-yellow, rich and complex aroma, orchid aroma, high and lingering, rich “yan yun”.

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