What is Tieguanyin tea?
Ti Kwan Yin oolong tea from Anxi, Fujian
History of TieguanyinThere are several legends about the origin of tie guan yin tea. It’s believed this tea was discovered about 300 years ago during the Chinese Qing Dynasty. Legends has it that a poor farmer in Anxi found a deserted temple with the statue of Guanyin. He spent days in cleaning and taking care of the temple until one day the Guanyin goddess appeared to him in his dreams and told him where he can find his reward. The reward was a tea plant that brought him prosperity after planting it in his garden.
Health Benefits of tieguanyin teaTieguanyin is an oolong tea. Oolong tea contains antioxidants, caffeine, amino acids and other compounds. It’s somewhere between green and black tea. You can guess the level of oxidation by looking at the color of tea leaves and infusion. Greener and brighter infusions will be less oxidized, and darker ones will be more oxidized. Drinking tieguanyin tea may help with weight loss goals and regulating bad cholesterol, fight against some types of cancers, increase alertness, protect against heart disease, improve bone density, prevent dental caries, reduce oxidative stress, regulate blood sugar and boost immune system. Read about oolong tea benefits here.
Caffeine ContentTieguanyin, just like all other oolong teas, contains caffeine. It’s impossible to say how much caffeine will be in each cup of tieguanyin tea. The amount will depend on many factors, from the tea cultivar to processing methods, and the way you brew it. However, the way tieguanyin is usually brewed may extract more caffeine than you would normally extract from, for example, green tea. The same tea leaves are usually used until there is no flavor left, and even then they can be cold-brewed for another couple of hours.
Flavor and TasteTieguanyin can be roasted, aged, or unroasted and very fresh and green. There are two main types of tieguanyin tea – traditional or chuan tong tieguan yin and modern or qing xiang tieguanyin. Modern styles of tieguanyin tea has a bright emerald to bright yellow color, with floral and creamy notes. This style is the most popular style today. Traditional tie guan yin is more oxidized and more baked. It is smooth, with roasted and fruity notes, and heavier, more complex aroma. Tieguanyin can have many flavor notes - roasted, nutty, creamy, fruity, toasty, honey, floral, fresh, vegetal and mineral. Generally, less baked and oxidised tea will have a fresher and more vegetal flavor.
Any side effects of drinking this tea?Drinking tieguanyin should not cause any side-effects. However, like any other caffeinated drink, drinking too much may cause some side-effects to people sensitive to caffeine. Furthermore, always choose tea from reliable sources to reduce any other potential risks.
How to Brew Tieguanyin TeaTieguanyin is one of the top oolong teas to try if you are a tea beginner. You can brew this tea in many ways and you can even use boiling water without ruining the flavor.
- Regular western-style brewing
- Mug brewing
- Simplified Gong-fu style brewing
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.