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Monkey Picked Tieguanyin


tea-champ-2016.pngOur "Monkey Picked" Tieguanyin was grown in the AnXi Region in southern Fujian Province, a region with a long and rich history of cultivating award-winning, world-class oolongs.  The region's terroir or "soils" - encompasing the farms' altitude, the proximity of the sea, the shape of the rolling hills and terraced mountains, the ample rains and mists of the coastal area, work together to create an optimum situation for cultivating lush, rich flavors. It is now more than 14 years that we have been annually procuring teas from this farm and the local factory.  Fujian Province is the home of Chinese oolongs with each named for the varietal or sub-species of bush from which the leaf is harvested.

Why we selected this particular lot.
As we taste and evaluate lots, we look for a vibrant, fresh green coloration to the leaves. Along with this, there is a characteristic light, aromatic note held in the freshly harvested leaves. Preserved and accentuated, this signature "airy" taste or flavor note will determine our annual selection. After steeping 3-4 times, leaves crafted to the highest standard unfurl slowly and present a deeper, more nuanced, sweet and floral flavor. Throughout the arduous processing of these large, beautifully serrated leaves, we found the tea maker has preserved the precious, natural aroma of this varietal.  Harvest date is 2016.  Lot # 26.

Interesting facts about our selection.
Legend tells us that monkeys were trained to pick only the choicest leaves from tall, wild tea trees growing in Wu Yi Mountains of Fujian Province, the considered place of origin of oolong tea. At one time, to class a leaf as "monkey picked" actually denoted the lot as high grade. Those days are past and our lot was selected based on its merits of taste and aroma which we think encapsulates the best attributes of this year's harvest. Studies have shown that oolongs can be helpful to memory and enhance one's concentration.

Taste profile.
As the rolled leaves steep, they slowly unfurl and release a lush, light-green-yellow liquor often described as buttery. Notes are softly sweet and floral, with a mouth feel that will linger and delight in its complexity. Long after tasting, you will note the taste of this tea has lingered to be enjoyed yet again.

Brewing suggestions.
Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly and pour the water off. This will "awaken" the leaves.  Then re-infuse and steep for 1.5 to two minutes. Optimum water temperature is 195° plus. Drain the water off the leaves between infusions and they should easily provide 5-6 steeps!

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Supporting adults with disabilities

Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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Greener-style Tieguanyin is processed to encourage the aroma side of the leaf.

First steep is known for aroma, subsequent steeps yield varying flavors and tastes.

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  1. Great Tasting 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Aug 2017

    Bought 1/4 lb. to try and I am very happy with it. Sweet lightly floral flavor. Excellent

  2. delicious tea 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2017

    This tea is absolutely refreshing and invigorating. Very good.

  3. nice tieguanyin 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Nov 2016

    This is a very light floral almost green oolong. I have been looking for a place to get a good quality light oolong like this and I think Silk Road does a great job.

  4. Wonderful taste 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Feb 2016

    This is a very fine Oolong. I was surprised how good it tasted because I was under the impression that all the best teas come from Taiwan. This one is from China and it is very good. It has a nice little "twang" and lingers a while on the tongue.

  5. Excellent Oolong 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2016

    I have tried Drunken Concubine and Breast Flower. This is an excellent tea. Fragrant and colorful aroma with a great mouth feel. I will surely buy this one again.

  6. Very good Ti Quan Yin 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Oct 2014

    Another very high quality tea with nice whole leaves. Makes about two good cups.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

Hand In Hand
Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

Sales of our Teas Benefit Ceres
Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

Read the recent article in the Marin IJ: Silk Road Teas gives back

...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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