ORGANIC SLIMMING OOLONG TI KUAN YIN
(Organic Oolong Tea)
Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Shipping Port: Fuzhou
Grade: Ti Kuan Yin
Altitude: 2500 ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: Oolong
Cup Characteristics: Floral-like orchid notes with a smooth and
haunting finish. This is an excellent vintage Ti Kuan Yin which has no
calories when consumed without milk or sugar.
Infusion: Pale green yellow liquor, tending slightly amber
Ingredients: Luxury organic Oolong tea
Certified Organic by QMI Organic Inc.
Certificate #: 150 - 2008 Information:
According to international sales figures, Ti Kuan Yin is the most
popular Chinese Oolong worldwide. Like all Oolongs, Ti Kuan Yin is
semi-fermented, meaning it falls roughly at the mid way point between
black and green teas in terms of color, flavor, and intensity. Unlike
other Oolongs, the process of making Ti Kuan Yin involves a longer
baking, or drying process. As well, the raw leaf used to produce the tea
is grown on a sub-varietal of Camellia sinensis. According to Fujian
legend, this varietal was discovered by divine guidance hence its name,
which loosely translates as Goddess of Mercy.
In the Buddhist
tradition, the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, was known as a Boddhisatva, an
enlightened being that has decided to stay on earth to bring others to
enlightenment. Statues erected in her honor dot the Chinese countryside.
As the ancient story goes, a tea maker in Fujian (where the style of
tea originated) passed a statue beside a Buddhist temple that had been
neglected and was overgrown with weeds. Not having enough money to fix
the temple, he decided that at the very least he could afford to burn
incense at the foot of the statue and sweep the yard on a regular basis.
After a few months of diligently making this simple offering to
Guanyin, the Goddess appeared in a dream to thank him. She told him
about a cave near his home that contained a very special tea plant no
one had ever seen before. The next day the man searched the cave and
sure enough, found the shoot of a unique tea bush. He cultivated the
bush, and produced a crop of tea that he named after the goddess. Thanks
to her benevolence, the tea maker sold more tea than ever before and
went on to live a healthy and prosperous life.
As good as Ti Kuan
Yin was, and still is, for increasing sales figures, Eastern research
appears to indicate that it is equally as good for reducing another type
of figure. We like to believe that it is due to the benevolence of the
Goddess of Mercy that this tea is sometimes referred to as “slimming”
oolong. (In her mercy she’s made it easier for people to shed a few
pounds!) Although Western research is still inconclusive, in China, Ti
Kuan Yin is drunk with meals to help foster a feeling of satisfaction
without the need to gorge oneself on the pleasures of the table. The cup
is full bodied with deep almost winy notes that help fill the belly.
Whatever you choose to believe about this tea two things are certain:
one, it’s a delicately profound cup and two, it’s great with meals,
particularly spicy ones. Pour a cup and give thanks to the Goddess of
Hot tea brewing method: Oolongs teas are best enjoyed when
the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off.
The tea is then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after
about 1 minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each
resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the proceeding cup.