What to do with all those luscious, unfurled Iron Goddess tea leaves from yesterday's marinade?
Rebrew it as iced tea for today, of course.
Oolongs' rich flavor and fragrance are particularly forgiving- revealing, even- in multiple brews.
The name for Iron Goddess, or Tieguanyin, is a combination of the word for iron (ti) jars the tea was traditional stored in, and the female goddess of mercy (Guan or Kwan Yin), who allegedly showed the Qing-era emperor Kangxi these particular tea bushes in a dream.
Whether that's true or not, it certainly is a dream to drink after a night in the refrigerator.
Iced, it has a lingering woodsy taste, laced with a subtle sweetness. And maybe it's the ti talking, but I also detect a refreshing metallic tinge, like how cold water drunk from a silver goblet tastes- not that I've done that lately.
Iced Iron Goddess is not nearly as sweet as cold-brewed Dragonwell, but you still won't need any sugar for this one. Its earthy flavor is actually an invigorating change of pace from the dessert train that's been running rampant through my kitchen.