Ti Kuan Yin tea and called “yinyun” in Chinese stands for “Iron Goddess of Mercy.”
Ti Kuan Yin is a semi oxidised tea which makes it an Oolong tea. What makes Ti Kuan Yin so special is that it is closer to a Green tea as it has been oxidised somewhere between 10 – 45% rather then black that has to come close to 70% oxidation. Being closer to a Green Tea will give the Ti Kuan Yin more vegetal notes.
When steeped in hot water the Oolong leaves unfurl creating a medium bodied floral aroma with a harmonious orchard like flavour.
So you maybe thinking now that’s great but are there any perks to drinking Ti Kuan Yin? The answer to that is Yes!
Health Properties of Ti Kuan Yin
- In teas that have been lightly oxidised they have more catechins. These little bad boys work towards stimulating fat loss by triggering a metabolic process known as Thermogenesis. An increase in our metabolic rates means that more energy is required that is stored up in our fat cells leading to a reduction of fat in our body.
- Ladies you are going to love this one! Ti Kuan Yin have polyphenols which are antioxidants that is very good for the skin. There have been studies in Japan where enzema patients were given three cups of Oolong tea after each meal along with their usual treatment. Over 60% of patients had shown improvements in their skin after the first month which is an impressive result! If you persistently drink Oolong on a daily basis along with your usual skin care treatment you may begin to see better results.
Legend Has It
A man by the name of Mr Wei walked passed an old ruined temple on his way from work. Saddened by the state of the dilapidated temple one day, Mr Wei decided that each day he was going to sweep the floors inside this ruin and polish the centre piece which was a statue of Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy).
One night in Mr Wei’s dreams he had a vision that Kuan Yin had contacted him directly and communicated with him this message – “Behind my statue you will a find treasure that will accumulate you great wealth but be sure to share this wealth generously with your neighbours.”
The next day, Mr Wei returned to the temple and behind the statue of Kuan Yin was an ancient looking box. Upon opening the box was a single tea shoot. Carefully pulling this tea shoot from the earth, Mr Wei, took it back home where he had planted it in his own garden, then within two years of great care it bore beautiful tea leaves. Intrigued by this, Mr Wei, infused the tea leaves in a Gaiwan, he noticed a beautiful aroma that lasted for several infusions.
A few years later the original tea plant created more then 200 bushes and now that Mr Wei had become rich he used his new found wealth to restore the temple back to it’s former glory and he willingly shared the tea seeds with his neighbours, teaching them the ways to grow Ti Guan Yin. All of his neighbours lived comfortable lives and could appreciate the delicate tastes of Ti Guan Yin tea.
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