The Mysteries of Tea ~ Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong

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:: Tea of the Week ::

Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong

Oolong tea leaves are semi-oxidized and are mainly cultivated in China and Taiwan. They are first exposed to warm air which causes them to wilt and then tossed in big bamboo baskets so the edges become bruised. The end result is this unique, richly flavored tea.

The legend behind the name: Legend has it that a tea grower in the Fujian province of China would stroll past an iron statue, Kuan Yin (The Iron Goddess of Mercy) on his way to work in the tea fields each day. The statue stood in an old, run-down temple. The tea grower decided to wash the statue and lit some incense at her feet.

One night while he was asleep, the goddess appeared to him in a dream and told him to look for a treasure behind the temple. On his way to work the next day he decided to check. What he discovered was a single tea shoot which he cultivated and named Iron Goddess of Mercy.

Character- reddish green/dark brown lacy-edged leaves which produce an amber colored, orchid-scented liquor.

Flavor- smooth, delicate, floral

Tip- Most Oolong teas can be brewed two or three times

Food Pairing- Chinese fare

:: Tea Fact ::

Iron Goddess of Mercy tea is the most common Chinese Oolong.

What’s in your teacup?
~Melissa

 

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  2 comments for “The Mysteries of Tea ~ Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong

  1. Kimber Dunn
    April 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Ohhhhhh if a Goddess is involved, that explains why it’s sooooo yummy!!! 😉

    • Melissa
      April 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      Isn’t that a neat story? I think you’re right 🙂

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