Iron Goddess, aka Tie Guan Yin (the name of the cultivar) is from Anxi County in Fujian, China. Named after the Chinese goddess Guanyin, which lends another popular name to this tea, “Iron Goddess of Mercy tea”, also known as Ti Kuan Yin tea and TGY.
This Oolong is plucked from high mountain growing tea plants, and withered in the sun to begin the drying process. There are a minimum of 12 steps to process Iron Goddess, with each estate keeping the traditions of their own methods secret. The end result is a cup with a bright, floral aroma, and a sweet aftertaste that lingers for minutes.