Tie Guan Yin oolong

(12 customer reviews)


  • Tie Guan Yin Oolong: Iron Goddess of Mercy.
  • From Anxi in the southern Fujian province of China.
  • One of China’s most celebrated Famous (Tribute) teas.
  • Less oxidised than those oolongs from the north of the province.
  • A more pronounced aroma.
  • Dark grassy green and loosely rolled.
  • A toasty, sweetly fragrant, silky textured cup.
  • Goes extremely well with even strongly flavoured foods.
  • An unusually fragrant and flavourful tea.

Tie Guan Yin Oolong: Iron Goddess of Mercy

Tie Guan Yin oolong is from Anxi in the southern Fujian province of China. It is one of China's most celebrated Famous (Tribute) teas. It is less oxidised than those oolongs from the north of the province. This results in a more pronounced aroma. Dark grassy green and loosely rolled it produces a toasty, sweetly fragrant, silky textured cup which goes extremely well with even strongly flavoured foods. Make with one teaspoon per cup with freshly boiled water that has come off the boil. Infuse for three minutes.

This legendary tea appeared in a dream to a devout farmer instructing him to look in a cave for a treasure which he should both take good care of and share. On finding a tiny tea sprout, he planted it and in due course produced an unusually fragrant and flavourful tea.

Tea from Grey's Teas

Our teas are loose leaf and we specialise in large leaf grades. All are made using traditional orthodox methods. Our teas are from named tea gardens or defined areas of origin.

Sourcing our tea

This Tie Guan Yin oolong has been chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour, aroma and appearance. Our tea is carefully sourced from long-established shippers. We can therefore guarantee the quality and origin of each tea and that it conforms to UK food and drink health regulations and our own demanding grading requirements.

The benefits of loose leaf tea

This loose leaf tea T enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse. This tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known. A extra time is necessary when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup. You will be well rewarded for your patience!

Packing options

There are generally several packing options to choose from. These are 60 grams, 125 grams and 250 grams, the default being 125 grams in a packet. Our silver-coloured packets are a triple laminate of paper, foil and cellophane, specifically designed for tea. Alternatively, you can select a tin caddy for your tea. These square, silver coloured caddies have hinged lids. Again, 60 gram, 125 gram and 250 gram options are generally available as options which can be selected from the drop-down list. Packets and caddies have full-colour labels.

Delivery options

For delivery our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option such as first class post or courier. Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.

Storing your tea

Store your tea with care by ensuring it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas. Our standard best-before period is one year from packing and all teas are packed to order.

A guide to our tea

At the checkout you may choose to receive a free, full-colour, eight-page guide to our tea. For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.

Additional information

Packing Option

125 gram packet, 125 gram tin, 250 gram packet, 250 gram tin

12 reviews for Tie Guan Yin oolong

  1. l (verified owner)

    I use Oolong to make up a Russian Caravan with Keemun and Lapsang. I wouldn’t drink it on it’s own, but in the mix it make a tea that I much enjoy. I like that the different leaf shapes mean that you never get quite the same mix or flavour each time. And, of course, Greys service is always prompt and efficient..

  2. crystalcare20 (verified owner)

    Nice flavor oolong, and great service from greys.

  3. Norman Hicks (verified owner)

    Product: Very nice tea always drink this
    Service: Well packaged just wat we ordered fast delivery will use again

  4. Mr C Crofton-Sleigh

    Service: I am new to Grey’s Teas and have not bought enough to be able to give a verdict based on my experience with Grey’s Teas, but so far I have no complaints

  5. Helen Jervis (verified owner)

    Product: This is my preferred oolong, I tried others but this one just had the flavour
    Service: Delivery is always timely, and the teas certainly have plenty of flavour, whatever ones personal preferences.

  6. Gwendolyn Hicks (verified owner)

    Service: always arrive within 3 days of order being placed
    excellent service

  7. Raymond Fulton (verified owner)

    Product: First experience of Oolong after black tea. Could do with a bit more suggestions on how to brew/serve it. Found it a bit light but fragrant.
    Service: Quick, accurate service

  8. luce (verified owner)

    A further observation: this tea, or this sample at any rate, is surprisingly dusty! There are the rolled leaves as expected, but a lot of dust, even at the top of the caddy. I don’t know if this is usual, but Sea Wall brand oolong from PRC doesn’t have it (tho that tea is not rolled). Rolling oolong is a fascinating process to watch. It is done in a stout linen (?) bag which is methodically squeezed & rolled in a machine built for that sole purpose. You wouldn’t want to get your fingers caught.

  9. Francis Hoile

    Service: Greys Teas present a great website with wonderful choice of teas. They always provide a reliable service as regards delivery, and the quality of the produce. Will always come back to them, and do recommend them to others.

  10. Luce Gilmore (verified owner)

    Product: Good greenish oolong. Nuff said.
    Service: As usual, the tea arrived quickly, in a lovely pizza-style box, inside which are the wonderful 3-layer tea bags (paper, aluminium foil & mylar). BTW I HATE it when the website questions my spelling of aluminium. This is the bloody UK, twerps!
    But to continue.
    The Ti Kuan Yin (Tie Guan Yin, fooh!) is superb, a hearty greenish oolong. The Darj. is a repeat purchase, well-known on my shelf. The Keemun I haven’t tasted for decades, & am looking forward to renewing my acquaintance. And the Oodoowerre… I am keenly anticipating this.
    I shall report on the Greys webite in due course.

  11. Mr B G Beatty

    Product: robust pleasing flavour
    Service: Always rapid and efficient service

  12. Germaine (verified owner)

    Lovely light fragrant grassy oolong , love it in the evening

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