Getting to Know Tiekuanyin Tea
To answer the above questions, we first have to know what Tiekuanyin Tea is. There are two main factors that give each the its uniqueness, cultivar and processing method. Cultivar is the differences in the tea trees. Just like apples, tea trees come in many different cultivars; each of them gives out unique taste, texture, and aroma. Assam, Jinxuan (Milky Wulong), Ruby, etc., are all names of the tea tree cultivar. Tiekuanyin is also one of the cultivar. Processing method means how the fresh tea leaves are processed into teas after harvesting. Some of the most common processing methods of Taiwanese teas include Wulong tea, Baozhong tea, Red tea, Tiekuanyin tea, etc. Theoretically, we can pair each and every cultivar with different processing methods, processing them into different types of teas. But of course, the results will all be different, since the final product will still be affected by the characteristics of its cultivar.