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Using Taiwan autumn tea as material, this Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin carefully selected by TeaVivre is baked slowly by soft fire (the baking process falls into three steps and every step lasts two minutes). The degree of fermentation is 100 percent so that the dried tea can keep a long-lasting fragrance. After brewing, the smell of honey peach and the baked flavor can be perfectly appreciated and the beverage tastes gorgeously smooth.
Legend has it that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, monkey is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. Another saying goes that tea farmers need to tie a rope around the waist during the process of picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name.
Our Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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With a strong and long-lasting fragrance, this Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin smells fresh and tender. When you brew it, it tastes gorgeously smooth with clean refreshing finish. The tea leaves turn soft because its degree of fermentation is 100 percent. You had better drink it one hour after meals, for it is quite good for digestion.
The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin contains lots of vitamins. Vitamin A can prevent from scurvy; Vitamin B can help digestion; Vitamin C can enhance immunity; Vitamin E can resist aging. As the saying goes that rarity enhances value, you will benefit a lot from drinking a cup of it every day.
The carefully selected Tie Guanyin is from Li Mountain in Taiwan. The tea trees grow on the cliff in Li Mountain, which is located in Taizhong, Taiwan. At an altitude of 2000 meters, the alpine region is the highest tea producing area in Taiwan. The growing environment is of pollution-free and clean, since the mountain is covered by virgin forests. Owing to the large temperature difference between morning and evening, short duration of sunshine, cloud and mist throughout the year, the tea leaves are thick and smooth. They are high-quality raw materials for tea producing.
Later, more and more tea factories have introduced this kind of tree seed from Taiwan. After planting it in tea garden, they pick the tea leaves according to strict standards.
Growing between the cliff and rock, Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin is a wild kind of Tie Guanyin.
Legend has it that there is a kind of wild Oolong tea tree growing between the cliff and rock in ancient times so that tea farmers cannot pick the leaves in usual way. Therefore, people figure out to tie a rope around waist to climb the cliff for tea picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name.
Another saying goes that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, money is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. People name it as Maliumie, referring to the kind of Oolong tea picked by monkey. Maliumie(马骝搣), as the name of production: “Maliu(马骝)” is the nickname of monkey used by people in Guangzhou, Guangxi and Hainan. “Mie(搣)” means picking. “Maliumie” refers that monkey king picks tea leaves. In addition to the meaning of Maliumie picked by monkey king, the name also indicates that it is a kind of precious tea.
In the early 1800's a Fujian tea merchant took some seeds to Taiwan to see how well the plants would grow there. It proved to be very successful and so in the following years tea production in Taiwan became very widespread. However for the first half of the century most of the tea was sent back to Fujian to be processed there. This changed in 1868 when a British man named John Dodd decided this was hugely inefficient, and so hired some Fujian tea masters to setup tea processing in Taipai. This worked out very well, and in the following year Dodd shipped 127 tonnes of what was then called Formosa tea to the United States, where it was a great success. From that time on, Oolong tea has been the most widely exported type of tea from Taiwan.
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Thanks to Angel for the sample! Prepared with the gongfu method. Instructions are from website. 5 second rinse. Steeping times: 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85. The dry leaf aroma evolves as the leaves sit in the gaiwan, in the open air. Roasted vegetable became sweet potatoes, which turns into maple syrup and candy, and then strawberries and blueberries. The wet leaf aroma is similar, but shifted back to roasted vegetables – bitter, like Brussels sprouts. The liquor is pale gold and clear. Full-bodied and flavorful with a cream texture. Because the leaf was roasted, this Tie Guan Yin feels darker though no less brighter. Reminds me of early autumn, while the sun still shines a lot. The first cup tastes of roasted vegetables, and then of sweet things as the tea stays in the mouth. In the second and subsequent cups, the flavor remains consistently sweet, and also a little tart. Surprisingly fruit-like, as if it were a leaf-hopper oolong, though not quite so juicy. This Tie Guan Yin leaves a soothing and cozy effect. It’s my first time having a roasted TGY, and it’s a good one!
I can tell this one is roasted by the color and scent of the dry leaves. The pellets are very irregular and seem loosely rolled, and the color is a medium green/brown. Dry scent reminds me of roasted grains and has a touch of sweetness and grassiness. Once steeped, this tea’s aroma is heavenly. I am definitely reminded of Gui Fei. There’s a rich roasty aroma along with sweet apple notes. Mm, this tea is so comforting. The main event is the soft, but rich flavor of roasted grain or leaves. Then there’s a lovely sweet element that vaguely reminds me of golden delicious apples combined with wildflower honey. The sweetness lingers into the aftertaste where it’s joined by the lightest, most refreshing floral element and a hint of roasty flavor. Yum, I’m in love!
I found the taste of this tea to be sweet, grassy, and fresh. It has a very light, smooth flavor without any bitterness. The image of monkeys picking the tea high up in the trees only adds to its appeal.
The first whiff of the dry tea leaves is a heavenly scent of freshly mown grass. The tea is pale greenish gold in colour; with longer steeping, it becomes more darkly golden. The flavour is of sweet peaches; with longer steeping, it becomes buttery or milky. This is a delightful, vegetal tea with a refreshing character.
I bought an oolong sampler variety with my order, of course all of them sound amazing. I wanted a roasted oolong today which I thought this was, but looking at the bright jade green bundles, I don't think so. My sample looks much different than the picture. The fragrance of the leaves convinced me I wanted this one anyway: very sweet, very milky and buttery. I used 2 1/2 teaspoons of leaves, as that was an entire sample pouch (Teavivre suggests 2-3 teaspoons). The flavor suggests I did not overleaf this one in my 12 ounce mug. I REALLY feel like I have found the perfect way to steep these types of oolongs, as the Iron Goddess is really nice this way as well, but I know all oolongs have different steeping parameters with perfect results. I simply just want to try all of my oolongs this way as I definitely haven't been rinsing, using boiling water, using two (or more) teaspoons or steeping for such a short time: Steep #1 // just boiled // rinse // 1 min steep The flavor is a wispy mystery: I can't quite pin down what I'm tasting. It is a standard delicious oolong! Definitely not astringent, so this is the way to go with this oolong. At first, the top of the mug is vegetal but very buttery and milky, just not as milky as an actual milk oolong. I think I'm getting hints of peach or pineapple... I'm not sure which. This is a very sweet oolong though. Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 min A two minute steep time was a little too much for this one, not anything to ruin the cup, just some tanginess that shouldn't have been there. I think 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 minutes would have been better. The color of the cup is neon yellow, a nutty flavor, I still can't tell if the fruit flavor is pineapple or peach but there is still a strong butter flavor, but much less sweet and milky this time. Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min Another juicy fresh cup! No astringency here at all this time around, just a bright cup of oolong. I like this one, but the explosion of flowers that is Teavivre's Iron Goddess TiGuanYin is my favorite by far!
I brewed this tea Gong Fu style and followed Teavivre's recommendations for the most part. The first steeping was very roasty and nice, with a full body and good complexity. The second steeping was more flowery, and the third steeping was citrusy and fruity. Every steeping after this was rather light with some citrus character. I even tried a 2:30 steeping at the end and was not satisfied. I was also reboiling the water between infusions, so it did not cool down. It's a good tea but just lacks the longevity I like in my oolongs.
Back when I first got into oolong, I won this in a giveaway. It smells just... fresh, nicely green, and very much like vegetables. That also comes out nicely in the flavour.
Man did these tea leaves dance... and boy it was beautiful! They unwhirled and uncurled so beautifully as if dancing to an elegant ballet. The steep liquor smelled super roasted and a bit vegetal and buttery. Sip after sip, the butteriness, nuttiness, and creaminess tantalized my taste buds even more. Much to my delight, the roasted flavor did not take over the whole cup and merely complimented all the other flavors. What a lovely tea.
Medium to light Oolong that is yellowish orange in color and has a baked vegetable aroma. Sweet baked apple and grassy vegetal flavor. This tea has a sweet and savory taste that I find excellent.
Oolong is one of those types that I don’t pursue or drink often, but I’m always willing to entertain new attempts to make me a fan. I love the title of this tea. Is it really picked by monkeys? Do monkeys drink tea or eat it? Those are questions that will have to be answered another time. Now, on to my sampling of this tea… I steeped this tea at 212 degrees for three minutes as Teavivre suggested. The brewed beverage was a light greenish yellow in color. Brewed and unbrewed, the aroma was grassy and similar to some milder green teas that I tried. The taste of this tea was sweet, grassy, and fresh. The flavor was very light and smooth, yet full. There was no bitterness and it seemed to go down my throat extremely easily. In fact, I had to restrain myself from chugging it a few times. It is one of those teas that I ENJOYED drinking. This is simply another perfect tasty tea from Teavivre. I’m not sure if I’m an Oolong fan yet, but I am DEFINITELY a fan of THIS Oolong tea. This review was originally published on Steepster by Stoo on June 9, 2012. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Stoo.
Reply: Dear Samantha, Growing between the cliff and rock, Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin is a wild kind of Tie Guanyin. Legend has it that there is a kind of wild Oolong tea tree growing between the cliff and rock in ancient times so that tea farmers cannot pick the leaves in usual way. Therefore, people figure out to tie a rope around waist to climb the cliff for tea picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name. Another saying goes that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, money is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. People name it as Maliumie, referring to the kind of Oolong tea picked by monkey.
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