Today we’re tasting a superb hand-picked organic oolong tea: the Iron Goddess Organic Oolong, from a family-owned estate in Xinyi village, Nantou county, Taiwan.
Iron Goddess: What’s in a Name?
A bit of background. This is a type of oolong originating in coastal Fujian province, southeast China. It’s got a few different names (Tieguanyin, TGY, Iron Goddess of Mercy), but they all refer to Guanyin, the goddess of mercy and compassion in the Chinese Buddhist tradition. There’s much more behind the name, but we’ll leave it at that: to us it’s just “Iron Goddess.”
Now that We’ve Settled on a Name, What’s it Like?
The Iron Goddess organic oolong tea is a rich tasting experience. Quite literally. The first thing you notice is the smokiness. When it’s brewing, you might be struck by a heady cannabis-like aroma. We’re not sure why that is the case, but the aroma is undeniable.
The first thing that hits the palate is the mineral-like texture and mouth feel. It’s worth swishing it around the mouth to really get a sense for what this tea is about. It might even give your nose a bit of a tingle. By all means, pair it with food such as cheese, or even chocolate (more on that in a moment).
This organic oolong tea will last for 3 infusions–at least. You can trying brewing it up 5+ times (and even more) to run the full gamut of flavours on offer. Its flavours will take a long time to diminish. Its buttery finish surprised and delighted me one day, but I only noticed it on the fourth infusion. (There’s more about this in our brewing guide here under ‘additional information’.).
Finally, unlike many green teas, this is a not bitter tea; the oxidation process takes care of that.
How is it Good for You?
Oolong tea has a range of health benefits, including the potential for improving skin conditions such as ezcema, as well as bone density and increased immunity.
Everyone reacts differently of course, but it’s worth noting that in Japan oolong is a very popular choice for health-conscious people and has long been known there as ‘beauty tea.’
For more on the health benefits of tea, you can read this post, which contains references to scientific research on tea.
To Sum Up:
- The Iron Goddess Organic Oolong tea will last for many infusions, making it an economical choice for specialty tea lovers
- If enjoyed regularly, it can be part of a healthy diet that can assist overall well-being.
PS Our Iron Goddess Organic Oolong was a featured tea at the recent Imbue: Cheese Edition hosted by the lovely Cheryl Teo of Flag & Spear Tea Hunters. It was paired with a Barbers 1833 Vintage Cheddar cheese from England.
One last thing: The Iron Goddess also goes beautifully with a good-quality dark chocolate.
This tea has just about everything going for it–and it’s on sale right now!