This morning, I drank another cup of Monkey Picked Oolong. I spent a wonderful 30 minutes brewing and drinking a hot cuppa tea. Always a favorite past time as it requires one to stop and slow down for just a few minutes in this fast paced world. In part it is the ritual of tea drinking that adds to my enjoyment. For just a few minutes, I am alone with myself. Well, let’s talk about tea…
Composition: This tiekuanyin oolong tea is harvested during the Spring and Autumn. Research led me to another spelling – Tie Guan Yin which literally means iron guanyin. It is a premium variety of Chinese oolong tea from the Fujian province. It has also been translated as “Iron Goddess of Mercy” after the old translation for Guan Yin’s name. Recently the tea has been grown in Nantou, Taiwan where it thrives.
Dry Visual: Various shades of green curled leaves (almost ball like shapes) that expanded unbelievably during steeping.
Dry Aroma: Slightly vegetal yet woodsy mixture of scents. Light overall.
Flavor: Monkey Picked Oolong is another fine oolong.I found this tea to have a mild roasted flavor that was delicious, finished with a natural sweetness. As with many oolongs the addition of sweetener would be an injustice. I found this to be true with Monkey Picked Oolong as well.
Liquor: A beautiful amber color as I have found with most oolongs.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 1- 2 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 2 minutes. After tasting, I brewed for an additional minute.
Manufacturer: Pearl Fine Teas
According to legend, Monkeys were once trained to harvest tea from otherwise inaccessible cliffs but today the term ‘Monkey Picked’ refers to the tea’s rarity, the hard work put into its production and our pride in its excellent qualities.
Looking forward to my next cup. If you have enjoyed Monkey Picked Oolong, stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!