Tie Guan Yin is one of China's top ten
teas. Tie Guan Yin translates as Iron Goddess of Mercy. The tea itself
is as grand as its name. This Oolong tea is beautiful and medium bodied
with a fragrant flavor and fruity, sweet aroma.
According to one of the legends, its
name came from a Qing Dynasty Emperor who became very ill, and no remedy
could cure him. One day an advisor to the court (from Fujian) shared
some of his homegrown oolong tea with the Emperor, who was miraculously
cured. Upon his recovery, the Emperor named this tea "Ti Kuan Yin,"
which translates to "Iron Goddess Of Mercy". The Emperor declared that
the tightly rolled and well-baked tea leaves resembled iron and had the
healing powers of the Buddhist Goddess Of Mercy (Kuan Yin).
In a new study published in the
Journal of Medical Investigation, scientists from Japan's University of
Tokushima School of Medicine found that people who regularly consumed
Wu-Long tea experienced over twice the calorie-burning results of those
who drank the same amount of green tea.
The study from scientists at the
Suntory Research Center in Osaka, Japan, shows that drinking Wu-Long
(Oolong tea) 15 minutes before eating carbohydrates helps "blunt" the
rise in insulin you normally get after eating carbohydrates, which is reduces the fattening effects of carbs.
Oolong tea is recommended to be
infused multiple times ( up to 6-7 times).
2oz of Ti Kuan Yin tea will make around
54 cups of tea
with 3 infusions per serving.