China Anxi Tieguanyin Oolong Tea

As a tea tree variety, Tieguanyin is very suitable for making Oolong Tea, and Tieguanyin Oolong Tea is the most representative in China.

Tieguanyin is the name of the Chinese goddess of compassion. Legend has it that 300 years ago, an infectious disease occurred in Anxi, during which the goddess Tieguanyin led the sick people to find a tea tree, instructed the patients to drink and cured the disease. For the sake of gratitude, people named the tea after goddess Tieguanyin.

It is believed that Tieguanyin tea is good for health, especially for the skin and digestion, so it soon spread in China and became the most representative tea in China.

Tieguanyin entered Taiwan with immigrants in the 18th century, so Taiwan also produces Tieguanyin Oolong Tea apart from Anxi.

Anxi Tieguanyin

How to brew Tieguanyin

90-95ºC (194-205ºF) is the best water temperature for brewing Tieguanyin tea. Mountain spring or mineral water is optimal. Do not use pure water or distilled water.

  1. Serve hot water into the teapot to preheat, and then pour the hot water out. A teapot without preheating will cause the brewing water temperature to drop fast, thus affecting the taste of the tea.
  2. Put in 6g Tieguanyin tea and serve 100ml hot water.
  3. Cover the tea cover and brew for 2 minutes.
  4. Serve the tea into the cup to enjoy Tieguanyin tea.
  5. Tieguanyin tea can be brewed for 3-6 times, and add 30 seconds to each following brewing. You can also increase or decrease the brewing time and according to personal taste.

Differences between Tieguanyin and Green Tea

Anxi Tieguanyin is a slightly oxidized tea, while green tea is not oxidized. For beginners, they are likely to generate confusion when identifying these two varieties of tea. The following are the differences between Tieguanyin and Green Tea, along with common problems.

Does Tieguanyin belong to Green Tea?

No, Tieguanyin is oxidized and it belongs to oolong tea; but Green Tea is completely not oxidized.

What is the difference between these two varieties of tea?

The oxidized Tieguanyin tea is darker in color, while the green tea remains bright green. Oxidized Tieguanyin produces sweetness, but green tea has a bitter taste.

Which variety of tea is more helpful for weight loss? 

The weight loss effect of tea is mainly from catechins, which is more contained in green tea. By drinking green tea for a longer time, you will lose more weight.

Which kind of tea contains less caffeine?

100ml green tea contains 10mg caffeine, and 100ml Tieguanyin contains 12-14mg caffeine.

Which is better to health?

Both are good for health. The focus is adding tea to a long-term diet, so it is not necessary to compare which tea is healthier, but just choose your favorite.

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