Country of Origin: China
A quite unique and tasty oolong tea from the hills of Anxi, in southeastern China. A heavy roasting on the bitter melon brings out added complexity to this dark oolong tea.This wonderful blend strangely enough is not bitter at all, the bittermelon rind after roasting commingles with the Ti Guan Yin forming a lovely balanced sweet dark oolong goodness! The wet leaf takes on a potent and tangy quality, like ruby port wine. You get a sweet brown sugar aroma that yields a golden crisp amber cup with strong notes of molasses and roasted chestnut.
Bittermelon is a plant/fruit whose fruit and seeds are sometimes used medicinally. Bittermelon has been used to possibly treat various stomach and intestinal disorders, diabetes, kidney stones, fever, psoriasis, and liver disease.
This is probably the most famous of all oolong teas. The name Ti Guan Yin means "Iron Goddess of Mercy" and the tea is as magnificent as its name implies. There are many legends surrounding the origin of its name and one of them tells the story of a kind-hearted but poor farmer named Wei Yin. Despite working hard every day to make a living, Wei Yin would spend his free time tending an abandoned Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) temple he found near his place. One day, he fell asleep in the temple and had a dream about the Goddess, she told him to look for a cave behind the temple. There, he found a single tea shoot which he took home and planted in an iron pot. Slowly, it grew into a tea bush with exceptional quality tea leaves. Wei then gave cuttings to his neighbors and friends to grow. The County soon prospered due to the popularity of the tea. Ti Guan Yin can now be found on the menu of many Chinese restaurants throughout the world.
Sample size is one individual wrapped packet which yields 2 servings inside.
Ingredients: Premium Oolong Tea Leaves & Bittermelon Rind