Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong
Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong

Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong Loose Leaf Oolong Tea

11 reviews
Regular price £7.49
(9p per cup)

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This Chinese Oolong Loose Leaf Tea is known as the Iron Goddess of Mercy (Tieguanyin or Tie Guan Yin). Crafted to an exact point at which the leaves reveal their hidden subtleties.

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11 February 2022
timothy b.
United Kingdom

First time

I have never tried oolong before so had to try it a few times to get used to it. The second and third infusion is, to me, way better than the first.

13 January 2022
Judith W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


Second time I ordered this tea, it's just divine! You can infuse the same leaves for 4 or 5 times, and every time new nuances surprise you. I really recommend trying this Oolong!

28 November 2021
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Delicious TieGuanYin Tea, Excellent Customer Support

I purchased this "Chinese Iron Goddess Oolong" in a pretty, protective tin, with gift sets (currently unavailable). The tea and company are fantastic. I was trying to source nice Anxi TieGuanYin Oolong to replace finished tea from my Chinese friend; I was especially trying to find some to gift to my father, as he regularly mentions how he misses that nice tea (and if I can ever find any like it to please let him know). The flavours of this tea are refreshing and complex, with new subtleties on each steeping. I get at least five steeps. The leaves are very deep green, darker (more oxidised?) than the previous jade TGY version I tried. Following a sweet and deep richness, from the 2nd-3rd steep, the flavours begin to transform into that floral, grassy refreshment which I was trying to re-create. It's richer and I believe higher quality than what I tried before. This Anxi TieGuanYin Oolong has been excellent to drink on night shifts, as well as to enjoy in the day time. And, I CANNOT wait for my father to try his gift at Christmas; it's been incredibly difficult to not tell him about this delicious tea! There were, unfortunately, a couple of issues with my order; however, Rare Tea Co. was extremely helpful in resolving everything, both swiftly and professionally. I highly recommend shopping with them.

01 March 2021
Paz C.
Spain Spain

My favorite oolong so far

I get at least four beautiful infussions, but I do not see it on your shop anymore, have you drank it all?

20 December 2020
Michaela S.
Austria Austria

A beautiful oolong. One should always have it at home.

Tasting Notes

The first infusion has a succulent sweetness with later infusions leading to green floral notes. Each time you infuse the leaves different subtleties are revealed.


Use 2 - 4g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion wash the leaf with 100°C (212°F) water, then use the same (slightly cooled) water to infuse.


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.


You can infuse this tea at least three times. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

9p per cup based on 2g of tea per 150ml of water and 3 infusions.

This tea can be infused several times to reveal incredible subtleties of flavour. We recommend infusing your loose leaf oolong tea in a gaiwan tea set. Using small amounts of hot water with a high leaf to water ratio, and infusing many times rather than making one large pot can uncover countless flavours.

Use an inch of hot water at 100°C (212°F) to rapidly "wash" the leaf for a few seconds. You can discard this first brew. This opens out the rolled leaf and allows the water to penetrate.

Subsequent infusions are best made at high temperature but rapidly - just 20-30 seconds. You don’t need to reheat the water as you go – the softened leaf will require lower temperatures. In all we recommend at least six steps to allow the leaf to completely open out and reveal all its beauty.

You can also enjoy one teaspoon of leaves all day; coming back to the same pot and reinfusing it – but in this instance reheat the water to 90°C (194°F).

Here is a short video demonstrating how to get the most out of your precious oolong leaves with a gaiwan:

Anxi, Fujian Province



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