China ~ Charcoal Roasted Gan De Tieguanyin Oolong Tea | Yunnan Sourcing

Today I’ll be reviewing a charcoal-roasted tieguanyin oolong tea from Fujian Province in China.



Hello! Today I have another tea review and this time it’s an oolong from Fujian Province.

This tea is a Tie Guan Yin (Ti Kuan Yin) oolong tea. Tieguanyin directly translates to “Iron Goddess of Mercy”, which is because this tea is named after Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy.

Tieguanyin oolong is one of China’s “10 Famous Teas and it is traditionally produced in Anxi County of Fujian Province in the southeast, near Taiwan.

This particular tieguanyin was hand-roasted over pine wood charcoal in Gan De Village, a small tea-producing village in Anxi County. This tea was harvested in autumn of 2017.

Gan De Village produces a variety of other Chinese oolongs, including Huang Jin Gui and my personal favorite, Mao Xie (Hairy Crab).

I brewed this tea at 198 degrees F in a porcelain gaiwan, and I got 11 steeps out of it (which is very impressive for an oolong).


The dry leaves smell dark and roasted, along with a sweet, floral, orchid scent akin to many oolongs. Slight woody, toasted nut scents come through along with a fruity note that reminds me of fresh passionfruit.


The steeped leaves smell toasted and nutty with slight scents of lilacs and chopped wood.

The liquor smells roasted and woody, once again like freshly chopped wood. There are floral oolong flavors that are reminiscent of lilacs and orchids, and slight sweet and buttery notes.

The tea is very smooth and silken in texture. It’s sweet and floral, like freshly cut lilacs, and it retains a roasted, woody flavor that is common to toasted nuts. The second steep brings out more of its creamier, buttery notes that complement the floral sweetness beautifully. Each steep brings out more of the floral flavors.

Overall, I loved this tea. I love roasted oolongs and this will be an excellent addition to my collection. I definitely want to explore more oolongs, and maybe find some more unusual oolongs (maybe from Japan or Korea) because I would love to see how the flavors change depending on where they’re from and if different countries have different production methods.

Rating: 9/10
From: Yunnan Sourcing
Gan De Village, Anxi County, Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China