Ma Liu Mi (Monkey Picked)
Anxi Wulong Tea 2020
Young leaves rolled into the compact pearl style of modern Anxi wulong exhibit the smooth clean flavor and characteristic floral aromatics of the Tie Guan Yin tea cultivar. The light oxidation and resulting mild brew is well suited for green tea drinkers who are curious to explore some of the nuance of wulong tea without straying too far from a familiar flavor profile.
- Tea Origin
- Anxi County, Fujian Province, China
- Tea Bush
- Hongxin Tieguanyin (Red Heart Tieguanyin)
- Tea Master
- Zhang Shuiquan and Zhang Qingjian
- Harvest Time
- Picking Standard
- Zhong kai mian
This very popular tea is both lightly oxidized and lightly roasted to create a fresh floral aroma and pure light taste. Its blend of local Anxi Tieguanyin tea leaves harvested from high mountain bushes create a sweetly flavored tea that can be infused many times. Monkey Picked wulong is a great choice for those looking for a mild taste with a pleasant fragrance.
The name of this tea comes from a popular tale passed on in the oral tradition. It tells of tea bushes growing in the high mountains that were favored for their flavor but very dangerous to pick. The local farmers decided to train monkeys to harvest the tea leaves. Although nimble, the monkeys were not careful pickers and grabbed both new and old leaves. The result was a blend of leaves that created a tea with a special character and light flavor known today as Monkey Picked. Though we love the stories and myths that surround Chinese tea culture, we assure you that no monkeys are involved in processing this tea.
You will notice this tea’s plucking standard is a bit coarser and its oxidation a bit lighter than other Anxi wulongs. The relatively mild brew that results is well suited for the green tea drinker who is curious to explore some of the nuance of wulong tea without straying too far from a familiar flavor profile.
No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.
Ma Liu Mi (Monkey Picked) 2020 brewing guidelines
Teaware: 12 oz. glass, porcelain or yi xing clay pot
Amount: ¾ Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 212°F (boiling) filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 6 infusions.