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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*:

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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!

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.

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5 of 5 Wonderful service January 14, 2021
Reviewer: Linda Gilbraith from Pacifica, CA United States  
This was a surprise Christmas gift for my daughter who loves to eat at the restaurant when open. I believe this was her favorite present. She uses it at work daily and it helps relax her. Service was swift and there was a surprise in the package along with what I ordered. Thank you!

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5 of 5 wow what an elegant tea!! October 20, 2020
Reviewer: Susan Boyle from Columbia, SC United States  
This is the BEST Tieguanyin I have ever tasted...I adore this tea and appreciate its being available !!!

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5 of 5 A Perenial Favorite October 8, 2020
Reviewer: Charles Raymond from Boise, ID United States  
I love this tea. If you've never tried it, you are in for a real treat. My favorite tea of all time and I've been a tea drinker for 30 years.

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5 of 5 Instigates zen-like calm February 4, 2020
Reviewer: Jed Lee from Redwood City, CA United States  
This tea is pretty expensive, very expensive. But it has a deep and woody taste with a sublime aftertaste that induces calm, presence in the moment.

I don’t have the vocabulary to describe the taste this tea.  I can only tell you what happens when I drink it.

I can just say I will buy a larger quantity the next time despite the cost.

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5 of 5 High Quality! June 17, 2019
Reviewer: M_Johnson from Houston, TX United States  
You are in for a treat if you purchase this tea.
Very high quality and flavor!

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