Once a tribute tea reserved exclusively for the enjoyment of the Imperial court, Tieguanyin (also known as Iron Goddess) is one of China's 10 most famous teas. Today, the term "monkey picked" simply means an oolong tea of the highest quality. Our top-grade oolong is a greener style Tieguanyin that is crafted to highlight the aroma side of the leaf. The leaves are fired briefly at a low temperature to release their fresh, orchid fragrance and rich, honey-like flavor.
Legend has it that monkeys were trained by monks to collect the leaves from the branches of the wild tea trees growing on steep mountainsides. Our monkey picked tea was picked and processed by masterful human hands using techniques at least two centuries old.
Chinese Name: Tie Guan Yin
Harvest: Spring 2013