Anxi Tieguanyin Tea: One of the Top Ten Chinese Teas 中国十大名茶:安溪铁观音

Anxi Tieguanyin Tea originates in Xiping Village in Anxi County in Fujian Province. Being an exquisite Oolong tea and one of the top ten famous Chinese teas, the tea has won many awards in domestic and international fairs.
Long known as the King of Tea, the tea is said to have been discovered in Yongzheng Period of the Qing Dynasty (1725-1735). With a mountainous landscape, warm climate and sufficient rainfalls, various tea trees grow lushly in this region and win praise from the whole country.
Harvesting takes place 4 times a year, so as to make Spring tea, Midsummer tea, Late summer tea and Autumn tea, among which the Spring tea possesses the best quality. Picking is usually done between 10 am to 3 pm on sunny days with a north wind is considered to be the best picking period. The processing is basically the same as other Oolong teas, except for a longer tossing time and a shorter cooling time. Nine steps are included in processing, namely, sun withering, tossing, cooling, water removing, first rolling, cutting and rolling, packed rolling, second baking, and drying. Sun withering usually takes place before sunset, tossing and cooling often at night, fermentation the next morning and then comes frying, rolling, baking and roasting. The process of making green is the key to ensuring the color, aroma and taste of the tea. The primary tea needs to go through screening, selection by winnowing, sorting, drying and piling to become the final product. Tasting Anxi Tieguanyin, a tea of unique flavor, is an incredible experience.
Quality Anxi Tieguanyin tea strips are tight, strong and heavy. The tea leaves have a glossy appearance, with a granulated green color, red spots and white frost. Its strong sweet and mellow taste lingers even after brewing the tea seven times. The tea is golden in color and the steeped leaves are fat and soft in bright even color, with the leaf margin scattered with red spots and the middle part of the leaves remaining green.
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