Review: Chinese Tea Company Ba Mu Dan Tie Guan Yin

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Legend has it that Tie Guan Yin got its name after it cured the incurable illness of a Qing Dynasty- era emperor.    The grateful ruler honored the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, and added "Tai" (iron) to the name because the balled up, dried leaved reminded him of iron pellets.  
Iron pellets were the last thing this tea reminded me of when I drank it.  Sweet, creamy, jasmine and orchid-like, this delicate green liquid was a cup of luxury, fit, indeed, to be served to a compassionate goddess.  
I've yet to try a Tie Guan Yin I didn't like, but I have to say this Bai Mu Dan (white peony) batch from the Chinese Tea Company was exceptional.  It didn't hurt that I was drinking it a mere two months after it was harvested.  It resembled green tea in its freshness, but since it was 30 percent oxidized, it had an almost endless complexity for at least five Gong-Fu style infusions.  
Chinese Tea Company's website has detailed instructions on how to brew Gong-Fu (with great care or attention.)  For purposes of this review, I'll just say that it involves several tiny vessels, boiling water a teaspoon of leaves, and a waterproof tea brewing area (or Gong Fu tray.)  
I have yet to procure all the equipment needed for this elaborate brewing, but I've tasted the result of using it.  If you have the patience and can afford it, I highly recommend getting a Gong Fu tea set and some of this Ba Mu Dan Tie Guan Yin.  You can impress your friends and serve them amazing, healing, tea at the same time.   Tea this good deserves the highest rating.  10.

— To purchase Chinese Tea Company Ba Mu Dan Tie Guan Yin, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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