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 15 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. Harvested April 2019.

Lot Facts
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 2019. Lot # 16.

Tea Facts
Legend tells us that monkeys were trained to pick only the choicest leaves from tall, wild tea trees growing in WuYi 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.

Tasting Notes
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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Tieguanyin Oolong
Hóuzi cǎizhāi tiě guānyīn 猴子采摘铁观音
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  • 3
    Very light oolong, gives one good steep

    Posted by Mark on 30th Aug 2020

    I initially steeped one tablespoon, and produced a weak tasting tea. I steeped it a 2nd time and it tasted like water. The next day, I steeped two full tablespoons. The first steep was nice, and as described. The 2nd steep was very weak and had lost much of it's pleasant taste, again tasting like plain water. I am confused how it was described as "easily giving 5 to 6 steeps" when I can't get two out of 2 tablespoons worth. It tasted like someone had drank it before me, and then dried and packaged the leaves again before I purchased it. I'm unlikely to try this one again.

  • 5

    Posted by P.Z. on 7th Jun 2020

    I am loving this tea. Very light and delicate with a sweet aftertaste.

  • 5
    Smoothly aromatic

    Posted by Marty on 23rd Apr 2020

    This oolong is bright and refreshing.

  • 5

    Posted by Erik Joski on 25th Oct 2019

    This tea has a very pleasant vegetal taste. Low astringency and a sweet taste. The leaves unfurl into large whole leaves. Worth the money.

  • 5
    Great Tasting

    Posted by Dennis W. on 25th Aug 2017

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

  • 4
    delicious tea

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Mar 2017

    This tea is absolutely refreshing and invigorating. Very good.

  • 4
    nice tieguanyin

    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.

  • 5
    Wonderful taste

    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.

  • 5
    Excellent Oolong

    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.