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Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin


 


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.




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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!

Our Monkey-Picked Tie Guan Yin is nothing less than exceptional. Processed with traditional techniques, this Tie Guan Yin was oxidized "three hong (red) to seven lu (green)," in other words, until 30% of the leaf is red and 70% remains green. We perform the final firing here in the US to ensure maximum aromatics and flavor. Fans of this great tea will be delighted with this year's improved version, which features rich viscosity, hints of lilac, and a rare and highly desirable reddish-gold liquor.


PREPARATION:
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.

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