We discovered this fascinating video from one of the bloggers on Tea Trade. It is about the origins of Tie Guan Yin, the processing of it and the Chinese cultural importance of it.
No explanation does this video justice. Just grab your teacup and enjoy!
Journeys in Time: China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage – Part 8 – Tieguanyin tea (40 Minutes)
Oxidized not fermented.
Cloudy: You're ready to shoot your own video it seems!
Very interesting look at Tieguanyin Tea. It's one of the teas I go through phases with. Sometimes I really enjoy it, other times I just don't "fancy" a cup at all. Definitely a documentary worth watching!
The term "oxidation" didn't exist in Chinese before introduction of modern science. So the older tea professionals used to call it fermentation all the time, but nowadays many younger ones would use the term "oxidation" instead of fermentation.
This is a great look at the talents needed to create amazing tea. I really enjoyed the part about the cooling process and it is interesting to note that they use larger leaves. I'll put this tea on my list to try.