We are often asked how different seasons and different years compare. This Jiu Jiu Jiu Guan Yin pack is the answer. Compare for yourself the difference between our top selling Jiu Jiu Jiu Tie Guan Yin teas across multiple years and different harvests (spring & autumn). It is a great way to experiment with tasting and cupping techniques, as well as challenging your senses. Why not invite some friends over and have a tea tasting at home?
'999' Guan Yin or Jiu Jiu Jiu Guan Yin 九九九观音 is a play on the Chinese for nine and also long (period of time). This Tie Guan Yin Oolong tea is specially selected for its wonderfully long lasting aroma. Flavours linger in your mouth and fill your senses with well being, giving you the feeling of being transported a lush mountain-side. This tea produces a pale liquor and the leaves can be infused up to 8 times using gongfu style preparation in a gaiwan or YiXing Tea pot.
Jiu Jiu Jiu Tie Guan Yin is one of our most popular grades of QingXiang TieGuanYin with new and old customers alike. Buy 999 Tie Guan Yin today and enjoy loose leaf China tea at it's best.
Includes four different packs of Jiu Jiu Jiu Guan Yin teas, giving you the chance to compare these superb teas over the different picking seasons of Spring and Autumn, and different vintages (years). Actual vintages will vary subject to availability.
- Tea appearance: Rolled pellets, which open to an evenly oxidised pale green, mid-size leaf.
- Tea liquor: Pale, bright, translucent, green / golden liquor.
- Tea aroma: Natural aroma of spring meadows capturing floral essences such as orchid and plum blossom. Complex and multi-layered.
- Tea taste: Extremely smooth, with perfectly balanced astringency and sweetness. Distinct and complex layers of flavour that blend naturally with one another, with a finish that leaves you refreshed and uplifted.
Expiry / Use by: 20 years from date of harvest
Storage guide: Store away from strong smells and out of direct line. Best kept in an air tight container.
Tieguanyin is the most famous of Anxi county's Oolong teas. Tieguanyin's complex process of rolling during oxidisation forms tight pellets of tea with a complex range of flavours which slowly emerge when brewed. Prior to the 1990’s Tieguanyin and other Oolong teas were more heavily oxidised with a longer baking process, producing a deep brown coloured dry leaf tea, that was sometimes classed as an amber Oolong. Modern styles of Qingxiang (light fragrance) Oolong are much lighter and often mistaken as green tea due to the bright colour of the dried leaf. For this reason, you will often find these being called Jade Tieguanyin or just Jade Oolong.
Tieguanyin (Tie Guan Yin 铁观音) has a number of different ways of being spelt including Ti Kuan Yin, Tieh Kwan Yin & Tie Kwan Yin etc. which are derived from the Min Nan language and dialects where it is pronounced Tit Kwun Yum or Thih-koan-im. The name Tie Guan Yin can be translated as Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva, Iron Goddess of Mercy or sometimes just Iron Buddha tea. Traditionally the premium grades of Tie Guan Yin are known as Tie Guan Yin Wang or Tie Guan Yin King, though today you will find many mediocre teas with this title.
Xianghua, Anxi, Fujian 福建省安溪县祥华乡
Xianghua township is part of Anxi county. Located to the North-West of Anxi town. Now with the improved roads in the region it is possible to drive from Anxi to Xianghua in around 1.5-2 hours.
Set high in the mountains of the region, Xianghua region averages an altitude around 850m with the highest peaks around 1588m.
One of the three main Tieguanyin producing areas, alongside Gande 感德镇 and Xiping 西平镇, Xianghua includes twenty villages and many more small hamlets, many engaged in tea growing and production.
Brewing Tie Guan Yin in a Gaiwan
Vessel Capacity: 150 - 200ml
Tea Quantity: 8g (loose leaf)
Water Temperature: 95 - 98c
People / Servings: 4
Medthod: Rinse the tea with a little hot water and then discard it. Next refill the tea pot and follow the infusion times below. For a 120ml Gaiwan you can either keep back 1-2g or add all the leaf. If you add all the leaf, you may want to revise the brewing times slightly (downward) to allow for the fuller flavour. Please note using a Zisha teapot times should be revised downward to allow for time for the liquor to pour from the tea pot.
Infusion Times (in seconds):
1st = 30.
2nd = 30.
3rd = 40.
4th = 50.
5th = 70.
6th = 90.
7th = 120.
Please visit our online tea brewing guide, which includes different methods and infusion times for all tea types.