Anxi Ti Kwan Yin Original (Tieguanyin)

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About Anxi Ti Kwan Yin Original (Tieguanyin)

This Tieguantin is made by using the most traditional method, Zhenwei, which applies firing immediately after shaking. The whole process is finished no later than the morning of the day after shaking. The taste of it is very delicate but mellow, with a longlasting aftertaste.

Tieguanyin Oolong Tea was first produced in 1725–1735 by a local tea farmer in Anxi County, Fujian province. It has a high content of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and alkaloids. It also contains various nutrients and medicinal substances. Its unique mellow aroma makes it a favorite of many.

Appearance & Taste

Anxi Ti Kwan Yin Original (Tieguanyin)

The colour of Tieguanyin Original Taste is sandy green with a good percentage of rich, ‘old leather’ brown. The leaves are curly, in overall shape resembling a dragonfly head. The taste is very special. The aroma is lighter than the aroma of other Tieguanyin teas, and more delicate. However, it has a very strong and long-lasting aftertaste. It also has a unique and refreshing orchid flavour, and a silky texture.

Taste: Mineral, Orchid, Sweet

Brewing Guide

2 teaspoon(s)

100°C (125ml)

2-5 mins


4 tsp

100°C (250ml)

2-5 mins


8 tsp

100°C (500ml)

2-5 mins


For simple glass vessel / teapot brewing:

You can brew less tea leaves with more hot water for longer brewing time. Use 2 teaspoons of the tea for 125ml teacup, 4 teaspoons for 250ml glass or 8 teaspoons for 500ml teapot.

For Ti Kwan Yin (Tieguanyin) or Taiwan Oolong tea, using 100°C hot water to infuse tea leaves for around 2-5 minutes. Re-steep for around one further infusion. (Adjust by personal taste)

For Gongfu Style:

-Detailed processes:

  • Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterwards
  • Add 1g Oolong tea for every 20ml – 30ml of water (recommend 5g to 8g tea leaves, adjust by personal taste)
  • Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotating it two times and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the oolong tea)
  • Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
  • Infuse tea for around 40s for first brew, extending extra 15s infusion time for the following brew.
  • Pour the steeped tea into serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
  • Repeat 5-7 times for Ti Kwan Yin (Tieguanyin) or Taiwan Oolong tea



The main production area is in the west of Anxi County, a mountainous, always cloud-covered area. The annual average temperature there is 15-18℃, and the frost-free period is around 260-324 days. The annual rainfall is 1,700-1,900 mm and the relative humidity is over 78%. Acidic red soil is the most common soil type, which has a pH of 4.5-5.6; soil layers are deep. This is an excellent environment for the cultivation of tea trees.

Origin: Fujian

Picking & Production

Picking Tea

The process of making Tieguanyin Oolong Tea comprises the stages of picking, wilting, shaking, fixation (Stir-fixation), rolling and baking. Shaking is the most essential part. The main purpose of shaking is to monitor moisture evaporation. Continuous monitoring requires a maker to stay up all night. Through the shaking, the water contained in the fresh tea stems spreads into the leaves. This special water contains twice as much theanine and catechins as well as additional aromatic substances. Consequently, it is shaking that determines the special aroma of Tieguanyin. After shaking, the tea leaves are left to continue to ferment to the desired level; the next morning they are ready to be fired to destroy the enzymes, capturing the optimal level of aroma and texture. Once the shaking step is done, the tea leaves are left to continue to ferment to the desired level.

The technologies of making Tieguanyin can be divided into three main categories: Zhengchao, Xiaoqing and Tuosuan (Xiaoqing can also be divided into two subcategories – Xiaozheng and Xiaoqingtuo). The differences are complex, but they mainly relate to the delay before destroying the bacteria and enzymes in the leaves (fixation). The shaking methods used are also very different.

A longer delay before fixation results in a more sour taste, which some drinkers prefer. The word for the most delayed method, Tuosuan, literally means ‘delay-to-sour’.

Zhengchao/Zhengwei 正炒/正味Next Morning
Xiaozheng 消正Next Noon
Xiaoqing 消青Next Afternoon
Xiaosuan消酸Next Evening
Tuosuan 拖酸The Day After Tomorrow Morning

Production Time: Spring

6 reviews for Anxi Ti Kwan Yin Original (Tieguanyin)

  1. English


    A great traditional tea, it has a subtle flavour that lingers long after your cup is finished.

  2. English


    This reminds me of my holiday in China. The large leaves are beautiful when they unfold—a trip down memory lane.

  3. English

    Sean C.

    Great tea, would highly recommend to anyone who likes traditional and authentic herbal Asian teas

  4. English

    Lilly B.

    A lovely, traditional tea that lingers in the mouth. Really good for your health and definitely leaves you feeling better off after drinking regularly.

  5. English

    Lincoln T.

    This tea is attractive with delicate greens and browns and, though its flavour is mild, the aftertaste lingers long after consumption.

  6. English

    Evie O.

    This iron goddess tea was so great and totally did the spell. Tea for life; aroma was awesome and no bitter after taste. what a great the quality is,no staining in the cup, no/low tannin.

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