The English translation of Ti Kwan Yin is “Iron Goddess of Mercy”. I think the translation of our TKY – Green should be “all day tea”. That’s what I like to call it. It is one of those teas consisting of leaves I can enjoy steeping over and over again throughout the day. In fact for me, the beauty begins to really show on the second and third steepings. This estate is high in elevation and partially shaded. The plants enjoy cool crisp air with a decent amount of humidity. At harvest the leaves are sorted and then gently basket tossed to break the skins and begin the oxidation. The oxidation process is not long, so the tea retains a subtle fresh green flavor. I am told this is really where the name comes from, but I think it’s all marketing hype.
When you drink it, you defiantly know that it is an oolong. It produces flavors of good toasted herbs and pine nuts, and great texture of fig or apricot. A light vegetal flavor of beans and bell peppers rounds out the mouth. Across the palate this tea is very soft and mellows with each additional steeping. Make this one an “all day tea” and you will be pleased with the changes in your cup.