Monkey Picked Tieguanyin
Our "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.
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.
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!
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.
Posted by jls 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.
Posted by Ursula Myers 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.
Posted by Daniel Harris 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.
Very good Ti Quan Yin
Posted by Ron on 23rd Oct 2014
Another very high quality tea with nice whole leaves. Makes about two good cups.