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Iron Buddha

China's best-loved oolong tea: soft, fruity and easy-drinking.

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With a lovely balance of fruit and floral flavours, Iron Buddha is the best known and most popular oolong tea in China. It is lightly roasted, making it a perfect introduction to this category of tea. With a rich and fruity aroma that develops through multiple infusions, this is a great everyday oolong tea.

I knew it would be good but wow. The taste is a mild nuttiness and the aftertaste is extremely smooth. One of my all time favorites. Canton customer, Pikesman

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good but make properly for best result

5

/ 5

This is a good quality iron Buddha which has many ranges of quality. I was initially a bit disappointed as it did not have the intense fragrance, but this was because I was not using the correct dosage and infusion time. You need about 1 heaped teaspoon (3gm) for 250 ml and infuse for 2-3 min to get proper taste.

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This is the stuff!

5

/ 5

I got hooked on Iron Buddha as my favorite oolong tea during years of travel in China. I don't get to travel there as much anymore, so I run out between trips and started looking for an online source. I tried a few that were pretty meh until this one. It is just what I was used to buying myself from a couple of my favorite small shops in Xian and Chongqing. I love it.

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Best every-day oolong

5

/ 5

If you're looking for an oolong that's great value for money, easy to drink and still tasty, buttery and smooth, this is the one. It's a perfect introduction to oolong teas, it's buttery and floral and you don't need to master any oolong brewing technique to make a very good cup. The leaves open up nicely after 2nd or 3rd infusion and it's a pleasure to watch in a glass cup.

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Fantastic

5

/ 5

Really great tea, of high quality and very easy to make I recommend this to anyone who likes oolong tea.

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Pretty much perfect

5

/ 5

This is a great value, fantastically drinkable tea. The flavour is smooth and refreshing and you can easily steep four or five times in a Gaiwan and get a great cup of tea every time. Highly recommended and a pretty much perfect every day tea.

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Smooth Buttery Beauty

5

/ 5

When I got a breath of the steam I knew it would be good but wow. The taste is a mild nuttiness and the aftertaste is extremely smooth. One of my all time favorite.

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A true tea experience

5

/ 5

Having previously tried mostly Green and Jasmine teas the experience of tasting this Oolong for the first time was a revelation to me and it has quickly become my firm favourite. The leaves look wonderful and the fantastic aromas when brewing fill me with anticipation each time. The taste is well described by other reviewers as is the pleasant aftertaste and for me each cup is pure pleasure. All in all highly recommended.

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A great everyday tea

5

/ 5

This is a wonderful easy drinking oolong, suitable for everyday consumption. I found that I prefer it to Huang Jin Gui (Yellow Gold) because of its softness and sweet notes. This tea is very easy to brew but I would recommend following the instructions on the package, rather than using the gong fu method.

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Pleasant everyday oolong

4

/ 5

A lovely tea to linger over with a mellow aftertaste. These high quality tea leaves look fantastic as they unroll and the tea has a beautiful almost smoky smell. Great introduction to oolong tea with a flowery, soft and smooth but rich flavour.

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Goddess it is

5

/ 5

It took me some time to get into oolongs, at first it was to different than green and black teas I've tried, then when I wanted something different I came back to oolongs, and now I must say they are essential for me. Iron Buddha is a oolong classic, and the one from Canton is the best I had, well done guys and thanks for another fantastic tea.

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Full of surprises

5

/ 5

If you're new to oolongs this is definitely the one to go for. Yes, I know it's a bit more expensive than some but you won't regret the investment. It has a surprising flavour that stays in the mouth long after you've finished your cuppa and if you can use a glass teapot, all the better. You'll be able to surprise your friends as these tiny green fists open out into full sized leaves to produce a greenhouse effect in the pot. Not to be missed!

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Lovely soft and refreshing - fabulous leaves

4

/ 5

Very lightly oxidised oolong, Leaves uncurl on steeping to a fresh green. as if they had just been picked, showing the great care taken in picking and processing by hand. Best brewed at low temp, with plenty of leaves, 1 - 2 mins steeping time. The tea is then pale green in colour, with floral, fresh, sweet and soft flavours. Sweet flavour lingers in the mouth for ages. Lovely stuff, and good value as a teaspoon of leaves produces cup after cup, lasting ages. Chill out, focus on the subtlety of the tea, and enjoy.

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Superb to say the least Oolong Iron Budha

5

/ 5

A wonderful experience I can still taste it 45 minutes later I am sold and will definatly be buying more.Regards Ian.Thanks

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Great tea with a hidden taste

5

/ 5

This tea has a fabulous aroma and an even better taste, light, grounding and smooth with a light floral aftertaste. The colour of the liqour is a green tint of amber gold. First impressions on this tea was very good, when I opened the 10g packet, the leaves were even in size and nicely rounded, the spent leaves were great aswell, un-broken, around 3-4 cm in size and without twigs at all!

But when you take time to explore and try to put a finger on the taste, you find there is another side to this tea, a very deep, smokey and almost earthy taste. Once you have found these mysterious tastes in this tea and other teas, you taste it every time and the tea becomes all the more pleasurable .

Overall, after tasting nearly all the Oolongs on canton tea's website, Tie guan yin is definatly my favorite.

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Very decent everyday oolong

4

/ 5

I bought a 10gr sample of the before committing to a larger bag and was not disappointed. My only comment is that it doesn't require a long steep, 1.5 mins max. It was good for 3 brews and produced a very rounded pale green liquor which was light in taste and fairly refreshing. The taste doesn't linger but is enjoyable never the less. There are better examples, but for a well priced 'every day brew' you cant go wrong wit this one. As ever excellent service from Canton Tea Co.

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Very pleasant

4

/ 5

A very pleasant oolong. Perfect for drinking every day.

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I would definitely recommend this tea

5

/ 5

"The flavor profile was complex so it is difficult to describe but it reminded me very much of honeydew melon. The aftertaste really lingered in my palate after each sip. I would definitely recommend this tea."

For the full review:
http://www.teaviews.com/2010/09/25/review-canton-tea-co-tie-guan-yin/

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Easy to drink and light bodied

4

/ 5

"This is a nice example of the greener end of oolongs. Easy to drink and light bodied, it would make a nice introduction to the world of oolongs for those who have yet to experience it."

For the full review:
http://www.teaviews.com/2010/10/19/review-canton-tea-co-tie-guan-ying-3/

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This tea is pretty great

5

/ 5

Yeah man I been drinking this like a week or something now along with some pu-erh and also some green tea and jasmine tea and also some more green tea and some white tea, it is all pretty great. I dropped coffee like two weeks ago or something and since have been way more chill etc. so I don't know if it is because I don't drink coffee anymore or because of the tea making me more chill but either way it is pretty great. This oolong is basically pretty great, I have been drinking a lot of it in my little tea infuser and even though everybody at work thinks I am a little strange because I got this weird little teapot with a thing in it that has a button on it, it is not so bad because I get to drink really nice tea. I also got some of those little cups without handles that look like little bowls so I can have little cups of tea and feel very traditional which is also pretty great. I only put a little bit of tea in and it puffs up as it soaks up the water and you get lots of nice delicate flavours out of it each time you brew it, I think it is basically a pretty great tea. I brew it for like 2 minutes at like 80 degrees or something and then pour it into my little cups and sip it several times each day, I am very happy with it.

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Lovely Iron Goddess has replaced my morning coffee

5

/ 5

I tried the Iron Goddess a week ago, and it was lovely; light and creamy. The second brew was richer in flavour but equally creamy and not at all bitterand I find that I am enjoying each subsequent cup more and more. In fact my obligatory morning coffee has all but been replaced by this lovely tea and I also like to drink it before I go to bed. I am looking forward to trying the tasters.

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Rated 5/5 based on 20 reviews

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Tie Guan Yin is associated with the Chinese Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. According to one legend, a kind tea farmer took care of the goddess’ run-down temple in Anxi county in the Fujian province of China; in return she came to him in a dream and told him the location of some ‘treasure’ in a cave behind her temple, he found a single tea plant which he then cultivated and shared the cuttings with his neighbours who all began to grow this unique tea. The region then became famous for Iron Buddha tea, which is now one of the most popular oolongs in China.

Other Names - Tie Kuan Yin, Anxi Tie Guan Yin, Iron Goddess of Mercy

Chinese Name Tie Guan Yin 铁观音
English Pronunciation tee goo-an yin
Country China
Origin Xi Ping Village, Anxi County, Fujian province
Harvest Date Spring 2016
Leaf Appearance The dark, lightly oxidised green leaves are rolled into small tight fists
Aroma Cream and caramel, becoming sweeter through successive infusions
Liquor The liquor is amber-green with a smooth texture on the tongue
Tasting Notes The flowery and fruity profile of this tea has a touch of honey and at first releases the pleasant orchid notes - after a couple of brews it yields the soft fruitier notes and has a sweet long lasting after taste
Quick Brewing Instructions 2 tsp, 90°C, 250 ml, 2-3 mins

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