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No. 163 - Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Oolong Tea

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Monkey King Monkey King Tie Guan Yin which has no heavy roasting flavor. It is from the origin place of Tie Guan Yin, Anxi in Fujian Province. The twisted dry leaves are tight and strong in dragonfly-like shape. Dry tea has the light refreshing fragrance of vegetables and fruits. After brewed, the characteristic fresh scent of Tie Guan Yin comes. The tea liquid tastes sweet and its fragrance lasts long.

Tie Guan Yin has two different kinds of making method, Zheng Chao (正炒,) and Tuo Suan (拖酸), which was introduced in the description of Anxi Superfine Tie Guan Yin. This Anxi Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin belongs to Zheng Chao Tie Guan Yin tea, has comfortable brisk and smooth flavor without the sour taste on your tongue, just like the Anxi Superfine Tie Guan Yin.

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Why people named it Monkey picked or Ma Liu Mie?

Growing between the cliff and rock, Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin is a wild kind of Tie Guanyin. Legend has it that there is a kind of wild Oolong tea tree growing between the cliff and rock in ancient times so that tea farmers cannot pick the leaves in usual way. Therefore, people figure out to tie a rope around waist to climb the cliff for tea picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name.

Another saying goes that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, money is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. People name it as Maliumie, referring to the kind of Oolong tea picked by monkey.

“Maliu(马骝)” is the nickname of monkey used by people in Guangzhou, Guangxi and Hainan. “Mie(搣)” means picking. “Maliumie” refers that monkey king picks tea leaves. In addition to the meaning of Maliumie picked by monkey king, the name also indicates that it is a kind of precious tea.

Where is this Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea produced?

Anxi County lies in the middle by south of Fujian, at 24°51′ N - 25°26′ N, 117°34′E - 118°18′E. Its total area is 2983.1 square kilometers. The environment of Anxi is definitely suitable for planting tea trees. It locates in the subtropical humid climate zone, on the southeast side of Dai Yun Mountain. The average temperature here is about 16 to 20℃, while the annual precipitation is around 1600 mm to 1800 mm.

Map of Fujian province

About The Tea Tree Specie

The tea trees of Tie Guan Yin are delicate, not easy to be grown well with a low output. Thus the tea trees are precious. For this Anxi Monkey King Tie Guan Yin, its tea tree is purebred and bush, has spreading branches sidelong grown. The leaf sprout horizontally and slightly curls towards its back, with thick and bold blade. Leaf presents glossy and deep green color, while the bud is in purple red. Its appearance is like a peach, thus it is named as red heart crooked peach.

Brief Health Info

Monkey-King Tie Guanyin contains lots of vitamins. Vitamin A can prevent from scurvy; Vitamin B can help digestion; Vitamin C can enhance immunity; Vitamin E can resist aging. As the saying goes that rarity enhances value, you will benefit a lot from drinking a cup of it every day.

Additional Information

Ingredients Oolong Tea
Product of: China
Region(s) Fujian Province - Anxi County
Antioxidants Medium
Caffeine Low
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) 2.87 fl oz / 85 ml
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) 212 F / 100 C
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) 7 g
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Rinse, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s
Western Method (Water Amount) 16.9 fl oz / 500 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 212 F / 100 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 Tablespoon
Western Method (Time) 3-7 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No