Tie Guan Yin, or the Iron Goddess or Goddess of Mercy is a Chinese oolong tea from the Anxi county in Fujian province. Fujian is a very important tea province and a cradle of famous Chinese teas. Chinese white tea like Silver Needle and Pai Mu Tan, black Lapsang Souchong and famous WuYi rock tea such as Da Hong Pao, all originate from Fujian.
Legend has it that Tie Guan Yin is named after an iron statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion - ‘Guanyin’. Every day a poor farmer called Mr Wei, would walk pass this temple to work on his tea fields and would reflect on its terrible condition. He hated the way this temple had been left and thought it was very disrespectful to the Buddha. So one sunny day, he decided to take his broom to the temple, he swept it clean, and lit incense to worship the Guanyin. He did this for many months, then one night Guanyin came to him in his dreams and gave him the location of a great treasure. The treasure was a tea shoot which he planted in his field and then nurtured it into a lush bush. Once flourished, he gave cuttings to his neighbors and they started to sell it under the name of TieGuanYin, Iron Bodhisattva of Compassion. Ever since this day the village have treasured the temple and rejoiced in this beautiful tea.
Tie Guan Yin offers an intense aroma, with a wonderful mix of nuttiness and delicate floral notes.
Drinking Tie Guan Yin tea may help with weight loss goals and regulating bad cholesterol, fight against some types of cancers, increase alertness, protect against heart disease, improve bone density, prevent dental caries, reduce oxidative stress, regulate blood sugar and boost immune system.