The name of Tieguanyin comes from a Chinese legend relating to its origin, Anxi, China. One rendition says that during the Qing Dynasty, a poor farmer named Weiyin found a deserted temple with a statue of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of compassion and mercy. He cleaned the temple and every day provided a cup of tea for Guanyin. One day, Guanyin appeared in his dream and told him where he could find his reward. Weiyin then found a beautiful tea plant which later brought him fortune. He named the tea “Tieguanyin.”
There are two types of Tieguanyin, modern and traditional. The modern style has a bright yellow color with floral and creamy notes, while the traditional style is heavier with roasted and fruity notes.