Tieguanyin (Iron Buddha) Anxi Oolong Tea

Tieguanyin, also known as Iron Buddha or Iron Goddess of Mercy, is a popular Chinese oolong tea that originated in the 18th century in Anxi, Fujian province and named after the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. This tea is characterized by light oxidation and heavy rolling. The tea leaves are wrapped in cloths and rolled into tightly knitted balls using the baorou technique. These balls are so dense that they are often described as iron-like.

Tieguanyin is generally only lightly oxidized, making it closer to a green than a black tea. It can be roasted or unroasted. The many different variations have varying flavors, but all are noted for a fruity taste and aroma that can be described as ‘berry’.