Slow Baked Tieguanyin:
Over a century of development since transplanting to Taiwan, tieguanyin produced in the emerald island is quite different from its cousin in Mainland China. Not only has the cultivar evolved differently, but also the more authentic technique with which it is produced. Tea Hong’s Alishan Guanyin has a fuller and smoother taste profile. Its distinction is possible through the finesse in its slow baking. Master Chen, who bakes also our Cold Peak, has elevated the processing into an art of leaves and fire.
Net weight: 70 g (2.5 oz) in Kraft-alu pillow
阿里山 細火慢焙 正欉觀音
Warm, buttery aroma with distinct accents of honey carried in an overtone of roasted rice. Hints of peppery and sweet woodsy spices on fresh salad. Silky tactility. Soft, sweet and malty body accented with the same spices. Slight ting of lime zest and a touch of the bitterness of plum peel. Persistent warm overtone of roasted grain and nectary aftertaste embellished with notes of cinnamon and liquorice.
Alishan Guanyin is a great tea for infusion with various techniques and styles, including gongfu, cold infusion, and conventional ones. This is a tightly rolled oolong. As such take note of how much leaves you will use by measuring the weight, not volume. Measuring different tea varieties by weight is actually the better way to manage your infusion quality. Begin exploring this tea with infusion at around 90°C wether you are using gongfu or conventional styles. Raise or lower the temperature according to your personal taste for the subsequent infusion effect. This is also a tea suitable for cold infusion.