use Porcelain or Zisha teawares to brew 7-9 rounds and above, at 95-100℃, tea:water 1:22
- dry tea shape is sturdy and “heavy like iron”, tight, even and round, the color is lustrous jade green with sandpoints like frog skin, “blue belly and green pedicle”
- the soup is golden yellow, clear and bright
- the taste is sweet and fresh, mellow and thick with a slightly sweet aftertaste. It’s slightly bitter at the beginning of entering the mouth and turns sweet immediately, showing obviously regional “Yin Rhyme”
- the internal aroma is clean and high, lasting orchid flowery fragrances
- wet leaves are fat and thick, soft and bright, even, bluish jade green with obvious red edges
Made from tender leaves of Tie Guan Yin 铁观音 [tiě guān yīn] trees, it is the king among all Anxi teas, and the name of Tie Guan Yin refers to both tree and tea. Anxi Tie Guan Yin has been discovered in Xinping Town, Anxi, during Qing Dynasty. Its curly, compact and heavy shape is like a green dragonfly’s head, describing “Guan Yin’s (goddess of mercy) beauty and iron’s weight”. Tie Guan Yin tea is characterized by bright green leaves with red spots covered by white fuzz. Tie Guan Yin has strong and enduring flavor, flowers and fruits fragrance and various aromas. A clear and golden tea liquid has a strong and mellow taste, with a sweet aftertaste and lingering fragrance. Brewed leaves are thick and as bright as silk, a unique fragrance could fill a whole room as soon as you lift the teapot cover.