High Mountain Iron Goddess
In Taiwan, gaoshancha (lit. “High Mountain Tea”) is the designation given to oolong cultivated at a kilometer above sea level or more. Typically, these are semi-baked, rolled on the stem and affixed with the title of the mountain of its provenance. This Iron Goddess comes from the gardens above Dali, Yunnan, over two kilometers above sea level. At this elevation, the plants metabolism slows, concentrating new growth with nutrients, and producing a smooth, complex cup. The ‘Iron Goddess of Mercy’ cultivar has traveled from its birthplace in Anxi, China to Taiwan and, now, with master and production lead, Ah Feng, back again to China. The results are remarkable. Notes of white butter, gardenia, toasted chestnuts.
Region: Dali Prefecture, Yunnan, China
Variety: Iron Goddess of Mercy (Tieguanyin)
Elevation: 2,200 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: May 2021
Producers: Mr. Feng and Mr. Lin
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340mL water | 205°F | 3:20