Tie Guanyin (s 铁观音;) is a premium variety of Chinese oolong tea associated with Anxi in Fujian province. Tie Guanyin produced in different areas of Anxi have different characteristics. The tea is also produced in Nantou, Taiwan with much success, as well as Anxi, Fujian.
The processing of Tie Guanyin tea (TGY) is complex and requires expertise. Even if the tea leaf is of high raw quality, and is plucked at the ideal time, if it is not processed correctly its true character will not be shown.
1.plucking tea leaves.(cai qing)
2.sun withering. (shai qing)
3.cooling. (liang qing)
4.tossing. (yao qing)
5.withering, this includes some oxidation. (wei diao)
6.fixation. (sha qing)
7.rolling. (rou nian)
8.drying. (hong gan)
After drying some teas go through the added processes of roasting and scenting.