Ti Kwan Yin, Superior Oolong - China
One of our favorite Chinese oolongs. Enticing aroma and unforgettable taste. You'll get several infusions with every cup.
Price: Starting at $12.95
Ingredients: Premium oolong tea
Caffeine Level: Low
Brewing Time: 1 - 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 185°F
This is one of the great Classic Chinese oolongs. It's named for Kwan Yin (Guan Yin or Kwannon) the Goddess of Mercy. Steep at 185°F for 1-2 minutes, drink and re-infuse 4-6 times, or until your mind enters a quiet state of nirvana.
There are two legends behind this tea: Wei and Wang.
Wei legend: Deep in the heart of Fujian's Anxi County, there was a rundown temple which held an iron statue of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Every day on the walk to his tea fields, a poor farmer named Wei would pass by and reflect on the temple's worsening condition. “Something has to be done,” he thought. Being poor, Wei did not have the means to repair the temple. Instead, he brought a broom and some incense from his home. He swept the temple clean and lit the incense as an offering to Guanyin. "It's the least I can do," he thought to himself. Twice a month for many months, he repeated the same tasks.
One night, Guanyin appeared to him in a dream, telling him of a cave behind the temple where treasure awaited. He was to take the treasure and share it with others. In the cave, the farmer found a single tea shoot. He planted it in his field and nurtured it into a large bush, from which the finest tea was produced. He gave cuttings of this rare plant to all his neighbors and began selling the tea under the name Tieguanyin, Iron Bodhisattva of Compassion. Over time, Wei and all his neighbors prospered; the rundown temple of Guanyin was repaired and became a beacon for the region. Mr. Wei took joy in the daily trip to his tea fields, never failing to stop in appreciation of the beautiful temple.
Wang legend: Wang was a scholar who accidentally discovered the tea plant beneath the Guanyin rock in Xiping. He brought the plant back home for cultivation. When he visited the Qianlong Emperor in the 6th year of his reign, he offered the tea as a gift from his native village. The emperor was so impressed that he inquired about its origin. Since the tea was discovered beneath the Guanyin Rock, he decided to call it the Guanyin tea.