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Tie Guan Yin is one of the most popular varieties in the Oolong category, whose processing technique has also undergone a more radical evolution in recent decades: from the traditional method with much deeper fermentation to modern techniques of light fermentation. Modern TGY products are divided into three types depending on the duration of withering and fermentation before the Shaqing process: Zheng Wei (orthodox flavor), Xiao Qing (greenness eliminated), and Tuo Suan (acidity dragged). Among them, Zheng Wei TGY is processed using a method more similar to the traditional one and also provides a flavor profile closest to the traditional Tie Guan Yin. With the current trend of returning to tradition, Zheng Wei TGY clearly wins over the other two types.


Appearance: Unlike the other types with bright and uniformly green colors, the dry leaves of Zheng Wei TGY appear in less attractive colors, dark green with black touches.


Aroma: When the process is not specified, Xiao Qing TGY and Tuo Suan TGY are often sold as Qing Xiang Tie Guan Yin (TGY of fresh fragrance), highlighting the intensity of their aromas. Compared to the strong and penetrating aroma found in the other types, Zheng Wei TGY offers more subtle and implicit fragrances both in the Gaiwan and in its liquor, and in an elegant manner.

* Intensity of aroma: Tuo Suan > Xiao Qing > Zheng Wei

* Elegance of aroma: Zheng Wei > Xiao Qing > Tuo Suan


Flavor: Zheng Wei TGY offers the most balanced flavors with a comforting Hui Gan, which are not as intense as those of Xiao Qing TGY, nor does it present the acidity found in Tuo Suan TGY.


We invite you to try our premium quality Zheng Wei TGY and compare it with the Qing Xiang TGY found everywhere. Soon, we will also offer traditional and aged TGY.