I have added brewing suggestions from ChineseTeaCulture! See quote below. In judging the amount of leaf, I would also suggest at least 1 gram per ounce water. Each sample contains 8 grams. I have been using about 4 grams (half your sample) per 3-4 ounces water, perfect for a typical gaiwan. This might be light for some palates, feel free to use more leaf or less water.
Then follow the guidelines below from IPT aka Chinese TeaCulture.
I would also suggest following the links provided below for interesting information as well as product information on these teas.
I am certain IPT would be happy to answer any specific questions.
Tie Guanyin is ideal for brewing in either a Gaiwan or Teapot. There are several steps in brewing gongfu style tea. There are variants to the gongfu tea ceremony, this is the basic type.
Step1 Heating the tea set:
Fill your Teapot or Gaiwan hot water and then pour the hot water into the serving pitcher and teacups. This is done to clean and heat the tea ware to prevent it from cooling off the tea too quickly, which will affect the aroma of the Tie Guanyin Tea liquor.
Step2 Cleaning the leaves:
Fill your Gaiwan or Teapot 1/3 to ¼ of tea leaves. Add 200 degree Fahrenheit water. Wait 20-30 seconds and pout the first brew into the serving pitcher and then the teacups. The first brew is not for drinking, but to clean the dust off the leaves and to allow the leaves to start to unfurl.
Step3 Second brew:
For the second brew, pour the water from a higher elevation to allow the leaves to swirl in the water. Brew the tea for 1 to 2 minutes depending on your taste. If your tea seems a bit bitter, you have either added too many tea leaves or brewed it for too long. Feel free to adjust the leaf amount and brewing time to suit your tastes.
Step4 Subsequent Brewings:
For each subsequent brewing, let the tea brew a little longer each time.
The Five Senses and Tieguanyin Tea
When drinking Tieguanyin Tea, your five senses should be brought into play to get the most out of your tea.
High quality Tieguanyin has heavy, tightly curled leaves of consistant color. The liquid is golden in color and the leaves, after being brewed are are thick and bright.
During processing, Tieguanyin Tea is kneeded and then put into cloth bags which are twisted very tightly to give the tea its shape and weight. When dropped into a teapot, good leaves make a ringing sound, whereas poorer quality leaves make more of a thud.
The dried leaves should have a sweet orchid flower aroma and the brewed tea should have a similar flavor with a hint of chestnut. This is the main difference between this and other Oolong Teas.
The flavor of the tea should swirl around the mouth and tongue. This tea should not be gulped, but sipped and savored. Swirl the tea around your mouth with your tongue to fully enjoy the tea's delicate flavor.
The teas leaves should feel heavy and solid.
Welcome everyone to Round 6 OTTI featuring 5 grades of Tie Guan Yin, TGY (spelled many ways). I hope you will join us!
The Vendor is TeaChat member IPT, owner and operator of Chinese Tea Culture http://www.chinese-tea-culture.com/, an online vendor of tea located in China where IPT also has a TeaRoom.
I will provide some links here, but will add to this information as it is submitted by IPT, and as I open the tea. I believe these are of the greener variety of TGY. I exect that this will be one of several TGY OTTI with future offerings including the more fired varieties. General info on TGY from IPT/Chinese Tea Culture site. http://www.chinese-tea-culture.com/tieguanyin-tea.html
Featured this round:
1st Grade Premier Quality
2nd Grade Premium Quality
3rd Grade Excellent quality
4th Grade High Quality
5th Grade Good Quality, not listed on the site
"Seating" for this OTTI is very limited. Please PM your interest to me by including your full mailing name and address, and paypal email address (if you do not have paypal, let me know).
Cost for this OTTI is the same as the previous 5.
USA members: $7.00
Canadian Members: 8.50 UDS
European Members: 10.00 USD
Asia/Autralia: 12 USD