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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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I had this a little earlier today. The leaves are dark and green, and smell vegetal and green. Very fresh, really. Brewed, this is not quite a dark oolong, yet it seems to have more body than a lighter green one. It has nice earthy toasted tones; not too bitter. The leaves are a bit veiny as well, once brewed, and you can see them open up wit multiple infusions…they get bigger and bigger. My third infusion was a little milder, but that is mainly because my water was not as hot. Overall, this is a nice oolong. Very balanced. Many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for including this sample in my last batch. I have a few more teas to get through, including one more oolong, a white, and a green. This review was originally published on Steepster by Heather Martin on August, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Heather Martin.
Free sample from Teavivre Small nuggets of green leaf curled into balls with a vegetal aroma when I opened the packet. The smell promised good things. The first steeping yielded a vegetal flavour, creamy on the palate. It reminded me of asparagus and was very pleasant. There were floral undertones to it, although my wife noticed them more than I did. It’s always interesting getting her view of teas, and it really highlights the differences in our palates and experience of the tea. The second steeping had less of the asparagus flavour and was smoother with the floral notes coming to the fore. I did not really get the baked taste that is meant to be there, but that could just be me thinking it is something else, just a variation on the way I perceive the flavours. We got four steepings out of this tea before we called it a day. Lovely tea. I would be very happy to have this one in the cupboard for regular usage and shall probably get some on my next Teavivre order.
So this is another of my free teas samples that I got from Teavivre. It seems like it might be something interesting, so here we go. Dry Smell: Like peanuts, more specifically when you open a new jar or tub of peanuts from the store. Making me hungry. Wet: Smells like wet spinach with a little bit of the peanut smell lingering in there. Taste: Like peanuts and spinach. It’s kind of like a salad, which is interesting. I would drink this again. This review was originally published on Steepster by Matt on December, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Matt.
Nice roasty oolong. Like all oolongs is good for more than one steep, but in subsequent infusions I don't get as much as the toasty flavour I like and the taste leans more toward the "greener" oolong notes.
Alright, after a week of tooling around, drinking iced Earl Grey and bottled stuff, it’s back to my “tea homework”. I’ve never had a monkey picked oolong, but they seem to be very popular. I’m sure they aren’t actually picked by monkeys… right? That seems like a health hazard. Anyway. It brewed up to a pleasant shade of yellow after two minutes, and smells different from most oolongs I’ve tried. This smells like it has been roasted. I’m getting sort of a nutty scent, along with cooked veggies. Interesting. As is my habit, I made it over ice. Wow, is this different from any oolong I’ve ever had. Where most of Teavivre’s oolongs have been gentle and fruity or floral, this one is very hearty. It tastes like straight up roasted nuts and maybe a hint of sesame oil. It’s a very foreign flavor to me, but I like it. I could certainly get used to this. I want to pair it with wakame salad or maybe satay chicken. Mmm. This review was originally published on Steepster by Tabby on July, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Tabby.
Very nice oolong with honey aroma and very soft aftertaste.. Prepared in tetsubin with water about 95°. I would recommend it for everybody who likes tie guan yin.
It's gotta be good if its picked by Monkeys! Seriously, this is a very good tea. I enjoy the greener oolongs. This has a very nice caramel nut flavor without covering up its green roots. Good alone or blended. I enjoy mixing this with jasmine dragon pearls and silver needle. Equal parts of all three.
Floral aroma, baked taste, and sweet aftertaste of apricots. Very nice!
vessel: 350ml. tetsubin. temp. at 100C. when I opened the ziplock bag, I knew this was going to be my no. 1. tea from Teavrivre. Period. Forever. smell was nutty, roasted, with a faint orchid smell in the background. Brew: dark golden liquid. Mix of nutty, caramel taste, with sweet spinach in the background. floral green taste also present. I esp. like the mix of a taste of a roasted roasted oolong (baked,nutty flavour) while hints of green (floral) taste and smell are still there. this tea is so very good. My basic knowledge is English is poorly, so I just say it in my native tongue: (in Dutch) een fantastische, super goede thee.!!! heerlijk kruidig, nootachtig, met een bloemetje op de achtergrond. another Teavivre toptea!!
Dark, baked aroma. Almost smells malty. Has a roasted grassy taste. Later steepings bring out some sweetness.
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