Muzha Tieguanyin, $34.99 (2oz/56g)

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"...exceeded expectations... Back in the 80's I lived in Muzha and I know what this tea should taste like.  This Muzha Tieguanyin is what it should taste like.  Excellent."

Tieguanyin is a rolled oolong made with the Tieguanyin cultivar originally from Fujian, China. Of course, most Taiwanese are Fujianese immigrants so it didn't take long for them to bring some plants over and start growing their own Tieguanyin.  It's grown mostly in the area called "Muzha" and thus the name.  "Guanyin" is the Goddess of compassion and "Tie" means metal referring to the mineral rich content of the soil that translates into the tea in (some parts of) it's home territory of Anxi. 

There are many "fakes" made with this cultivar grown in other areas in Taiwan but the soil just doesn't translate like authentic and correctly processed Muzha Tieguanyin in my opinion.  This one is the real deal procured by our friends in Taipei who commandeer the whole crop each year from the same farmer. 

One teaspoon to 8oz. 195 deg. water for 4 minutes.