‘Ti Kuan Yin’ oolong tea is probably the best known of China oolongs. It is an aromatic and elegant tea from central Fujian province.
Legend has that a tea grower in the area would walk past an iron statue of ‘Kuan Yin’, the Goddess of Mercy, on his way to work every day. The statue stood in a small temple which was rather neglected. The tea grower started to take care of the statue, cleaning it and lighting incense.
Then, one night in a dream the goddess told him to look into a cave behind the temple for a treasure which was hidden there. When the tea grower checked the next day, he found a single tea shoot which he nurtured and cultivated and name it ‘Tea Guanyin’.
When brewed it releases a honey-coloured liquor, a sweet floral aroma and an orchid-like, smooth, delicate flavour.