Deerland Grade: C/Attractive. It is balanced, delicate and with its distinctive character. A memorable one.
Winter 2019. Cultivar | TiěGuānYīn
MùZhà Tea Region | 450 m
Oxidation Level | Medium
Roasting Degree | Medium
This particular product is a higher quality TiěGuānYīn, also known as the Iron Goddess Oolong, one of our favorites traditional Taiwanese oolong tea. It is slightly roasted with charcoal and made with the orthodox MùZhà style procedure. By observing the color of the brewed tea leaves under sufficient illumination, we recognize that this tea is oxidized a little bit lighter than other orthodox Zhèng-Cóng TiěGuānYīn. The taste is elegant with an enjoyable long-lasting finish.
Most Taiwanese have heard TiěGuānYīn, and probably many of them know that MùZhà, TáiBěi (Taipei) is the first TiěGuānYīn producing region in Taiwan. However, what exactly does TiěGuānYīn refers to is not a piece of common knowledge.
TiěGuānYīn is used both as the name of a tea cultivar and the name of a specific tea processing method developed in MùZhà over a hundred years ago. In the strictest sense, only tea made from TiěGuānYīn cultivar and produced with the MùZhà style procedure can be called TiěGuānYīn in Taiwan. Specifically, such tea is called the Zhèng-Cóng TiěGuānYīn (正欉鐵觀音, Tie-guan-yin made from the original cultivar).
Nowadays, the MùZhà style tea processing method, which is medium to high oxidized and roasted, is used on different cultivars and in different regions in Taiwan. Tea made by such processing method is also called TiěGuānYīn but taste differently from the orthodox Zhèng-Cóng TiěGuānYīn.
Authentic TiěGuānYīn has been rare these years in Taiwan. The MùZhà style tea processing method is very laborious, and the results have not been very popular in Taiwan these years due to the development of low-oxidized high-mountain tea. It is common to see that some greenish oolongs are also called themselves TiěGuānYīn nowadays, but in our opinion, low-oxidized and light-roasted oolong should not be mixed with TiěGuānYīn since such naming practice radically differs from what TiěGuānYīn has been referred to in terms of tastes, notes, and mouthfeel.
Traditionally, oolong tea was medium oxidized and charcoal roasted at least for practical storage reasons before the popularisation of plastic vacuum packaging. Before the invention of the plastic vacuum packaging, humidity can easily deteriorate the quality of tea. Tea leaves, therefore, had to be roasted once in a while. Since the roasting process adds special flavors to tea, people still roast tea nowadays.
《鹿野茶房評選：C 佳品。此茶品質量更勝日常入門款，氧化程度較傳統稍低，滋味多了鮮甜細緻、回甘彌久，米香和熟果香濃。A 極品 / B 上品 / C 佳品 / D 日常 / E 隨飲 / F 瑕疵》
MùZhà Iron Goddess | C621-W19 | 75g
Maple, Honey, Smoked Ham, Peanuts
Sweet and slightly astringent / Nori, Cream, Almond, Brown Rice
Black Tea, Mint, Litchi, Dried Pineapple
1. Put in 5 g of tea leaf for every 100 cc. of tea.
2. Fill your pot with 100°C hot water and let the tea steeps for 45 sec.
3. Pour the tea out to another container. Repeat the steps above for another round of brewing.
4. Second & third round brewing: 25~35 sec.
After three rounds of brewing: 40~70 sec.
The taste may be drained in eight rounds.