Home > Teas > Oolong Tea >

Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin
Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea


According to the written record, teas have been produced in Fujian Province for well over 1,600 years. Growers currently produce five different categories of tea most of which originated in the province.

Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin*:

Brewing Suggestions

Monkey-Picked Tie Guan Yin has been Imperial Tea Court's signature tea ever since we opened our doors back in the summer of 1993. The tea that was wild grown in the Wuyi Mountains was once so rare and difficult to harvest that it was said only monkeys could gather leaves from such inaccessible mountainsides. Therefore, South China tea merchants traditionally called their best tea "monkey-picked" to signify its rarity. A proprietor's monkey-picked tea is like his calling card, representing his personality and tea philosophy. No traditional tea merchant calls a tea monkey-picked lightly!

We find this batch of Monkey Picked so intriguing that we’ve decided to adjust our standard firing (roasting) techniques from high temperatures to a low-mid temperature setting. This is done to enhance the tea’s floral notes as well as to bring out fruitiness. This un-aggressive roasting technique not only preserves the tea’s jade green appearance, but also enhances and concentrates the depth and richness of flavor, resulting in an extremely silky and thick textured mouth-feel with an insistently long finish. This special batch of Monkey Picked is one of our favorite batches in years. Hurry so you can enjoy with us before it sells out!

Monkey-Picked Tie Guan Yin may be prepared in many ways, but for best results we recommend traditional gong fu preparation using a good Yi Xing clay pot. Fill a pre-warmed teapot 1/4 to as much as 1/2 full with tea leaves and cover with hot, but less than boilling water [85-95C (185-203F)] and infuse for 1 to 5 minutes, depending on desired intensity (lower water temp for more floral notes, heighten water temp for more intensity). Pour out into a pitcher or directly into warmed tasting cups and enjoy. Monkey-Picked Tie Guan Yin may be infused several times by gradually increasing steeping time and water temperature. Always adjust quantity of leaves, steeping time and temperature according to your personal preferences.

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 9 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
My favorite Oolong October 17, 2018
Reviewer: Kevin Sherman from Glenview, IL United States  
This is my favorite oolong tea; fragrant and so subtly tasty! I find it consistently better than Fortnum and Mason's oolong's.

Was this review helpful to you?

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Longtime favorite still delivers January 6, 2018
Reviewer: Eric Shapiro from Shaker Heights, OH United States  

Was this review helpful to you?

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Tastes good November 28, 2017
Reviewer: Jennifer Jacques from Southgate, MI United States  
I purchased this for my boss after I drank all of a discontinued tea that we cannot find anymore.  Although it isn't the same, he said it was very good.

Was this review helpful to you?

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
super fast service October 25, 2017
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from williamsburg, VA United States  
This shipment arrived much much faster than purchases from this company ever have before. Thank you!

Was this review helpful to you?

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Thank you February 24, 2016
Reviewer: Mary Travis from Tucson, AZ United States  
Will order again in the future.

Was this review helpful to you?

View All Customer Reviews