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Dragon Head Phoenix Tail Tie Guan Yin 龍頭鳳尾鐵觀音

Dragon Head Phoenix Tail Tie Guan Yin 龍頭鳳尾鐵觀音


Price per gram: $1.07

Price with Selected Options: $1.07

Quantity in Stock:545

Product Code: R-OA104


Our traditional Charcoal Roasted Tie Guan Yin is distinguished from many modern low-oxidation Tie Guan Yin by the intense traditional Tan Bei 炭焙 roasting process.  This step requires a high degree of experience and skill and its success or failure is absolutely instrumental in determining the final quality of the finished oolong.  Master A Long of Chaozhou is a fourth generation tea master and uses the skills passed down from his great grandfather, who was an Anxi oolong master, to roast our Tie Guan Yin.  However, the Tan Bei roasting step is the final process of making an oolong - the other steps include picking, withering, rocking, fluffing, fixing, oxidizing, firing, rolling, and drying.  These are typically accomplished with the use of various machines, most of which employ a combination of charcoal heat and electric power to simplify the process.  While the use of these machines does require skill and greatly reduces the amount of effort and time needed to process the tea, the traditional hand-processing methods to accomplish the same steps still produce a superior product, when done by a skilled master.  A Long has been working with Anxi tea farmers who apply the traditional methods to a small, especially high-grade proportion of their harvest, which he then roasts himself in Chaozhou.  The resulting tea is completely hand-made, giving a slightly looser, more natural-looking compression to its dark, rolled leaves.  The tadpole-shaped leaves with their long “tails” give this tea its name.  Because of the highly selective starting material, as well as the hand-processing that precedes the final roast, this special grade of Tie Guan Yin is more complex, with a deeper, more resonant hui gan 回甘 (returning sweetness) and stronger Qi than the regular version.  The after fragrance in the finished cup fades from coffee to caramel to butterscotch to vanilla before disappearing.

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