ANXI TIE QUAN YIN (IRON GODDESS OF MERCY)
Anxi County is located near Xiamen in fujian and is famous for oolong tea. It now produces about a quarter of China's total oolong output. Anxi is a land "permeated with tea fragrance", and was named the "Home of Oolong Tea by the ministry of Agriculture in 2000.
Tie Quan Yin is possibly the most famous of all Chinese Oolong teas. The name Tie Quan Yin means "Iron Goddess of Mercy" and the tea is as magnificent as it’s name implies. There are many legends surrounding the origin of the name and one of them tells the story of a kind-hearted but poor farmer named Wei Yin. Despite working hard every day to make a living, Wei Yin would spend his free time tending an abandoned Quan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) temple he found near his house. One day, he fell asleep in the temple and dreamed about the Goddess telling him to look for a cave behind the temple. There, he found a single tea shoot, which he took home and planted in an iron pot. Slowly, it grew into a tea bush with exceptional quality tea leaves. Wei then gave cuttings to his neighbours and friends to grow. The County soon prospered due to the popularity of the tea. Tie Quan Yin can now be found in the menu of most Chinese restaurants throughout the world. This tea has a very sweet, appetizing honey-life fragrance, taste and finishing. The sweet aftertaste will linger on in your mouth after a few sips.
Oolong tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes mental acuity. The combination of L-theanine and small amounts of caffeine creates a sense of “mindful awareness".
“Studies have shown that consumption of 50mg of L-theanine increases alpha wave activity in the brain, with the maximum effect occurring about 80 minutes after consumption. This amount is equivalent to approximately three cups of tea. Alpha waves correspond to a relaxed-but-alert mental state, and are believed to be an important part of selective attention (the ability to choose to pay attention to something and avoid distraction by other stimuli)”.
Monks have been drinking tea for thousands of years to maintain a state of “mindful alertness” during long periods of meditation. But only in the last few years have studies shed light on why tea has this effect on the mind. The two elements responsible for this are caffeine and L-theanine, and it is the combination of the two that makes tea unique from any other drink.
Recent studies have shown that tea “. . . taken throughout the day can significantly benefit speed of perception and more consistent levels of simple task performance. L-theanine appears to antagonize the stimulatory effects of caffeine by decreasing seratonin levels that have been artifically elevated by caffeine”.
We recommend short steepings to prevent cooking the leaves and drawing out bitterness. You will then taste the natural sweetness of the tea. Good for multiple infusions.
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