Iron Goddess Archetype

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Oolong Tea
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Oolong tea · medium oxidation · dark roast

Notes: Toasted brioche, cacao, dried pineapple

Tieguanyin cultivar was introduced to Taiwan from Fujian during the era of Japanese occupation. Tea makers who migrated to the island believed the terroir between the two towns, Anxi and Muzha, to be similar therefore delicious crop can be produced in Taiwan.

Instead of replicating a lightly oxidized oolong with delicate floral and grass notes they know from home, a few tea markers started experimenting with higher oxidation and repeated roasting to change the character of the flavor. The results is a seductively tangy and delicious roasted oolong that’s full of caramelized fruit. Over a few decades, the roasted Tieguanyin became the archetypal Iron Goddess oolong of Taiwan.

This version is from one of our favorite Iron Goddess producers. They sell strictly based on connection. There is no store front and almost impossible to locate even if you are standing within a few short blocks away. There are only a handful of families left in Muzha making the original Iron Goddess. Undoubtedly, they all know one another and share the same last name.

We suggest brewing this classic version in a clay pot with boiling water to deepen the aroma. The taste is present in all its characters: toasty, fruity, tangy, and unmistakably sassy.

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Definitely needed a break from work, medical appointments, and honestly advent calendars too, so I carved out some time to meet up with a friend at Te Company recently. The weather was dreary. It made me want something really cozy, which means roasted to my mind. I found this so comforting and perfect for warming up on a cold day. It paired perfectly with one of their daikon buns!

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