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Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong Tea 1 oz

$2.00

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TI KUAN YIN Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong (Oolong Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Fujian Province - Wuyi Mountains Shipping Port: Fuzhou Grade: Ti Kuan Yin - Premium grade Altitude: 2500 feet Manufacture Type: Oolong Cup Characteristics: A light ‘airy’ character with lightly noted orchid-like hints Infusion: Pale green yellow liquor, tending slightly amber Ingredients: Premium oolong tea. Information: Oolong tea is semi fermented which is one of the reasons it has such a unique character. The semi fermentation gives the tea a little bit more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea ... and interestingly it gives the flavor a very unique twist. You will see (particularly in the infused leaf) that the edges of the leaves are slightly bruised (brownish). The reason for this is that the leaves are lightly bruised to start the oxidation process. Because they are more full bodied than green teas, oolong teas must not be picked too early or at too tender a stage. They must be produced immediately. Unlike leaves for green tea, those destined to be oolong are wilted in the direct sun and then shaken in tubular bamboo baskets to bruise the leaf edges. The bruising is what make the edges oxidize faster than the center. After 15-25 minutes (depending upon ambient temperature and humidity levels) the tea is fired, locking in the special flavor profile. There are several grades of Ti Kuan Yin (a.k.a Iron Goddess of Mercy). This particular type is the premium grade - below the superior grade but have many of the characteristics of top Ti Kuan Yin Oolongs . It has been written that Ti Kuan Yin is at first bitter, then sweet and finishes with a fragrance which lingers on your palate. We find this particular grade is sweet with a fragrant finish and has no bitter notes. The name Ion Goddess of Mercy came from a farmer named Mr. Wei. At the temple dedicated to Kuan Yin he was asked what is the name of his special tea. It must be called Ti Kuan Yin in honor of the iron statue to Kuan Yin he replied. As the name was a good one, it has never been changed since that time. Hot tea brewing Method: Use 2-4 teaspoons of tea per 4 cup tea pot (you vary the strength by the amount of tea used); pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn. (Do not overboil the water as this will de-oxygenate the water and affect the flavour of the tea). Steep the tea for 2 minutes (or longer depending upon the strength of the tea desired). Pour. Leave the tea in the teapot because the leaves can be used again - up to 3 times. This tea should be enjoyed ‘straight-up’ without milk or sugar. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart) : Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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Ti Kwan Yin Little Monkey Oolong Tea 1 oz pkg

$5.40

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"Little Monkey" Tieguanyin

Bright, fresh aromas & floral notes.

In China, highest grades of Tieguanyin oolong are prized and often presented as gifts. These lots are judged not only on taste and aroma, appearance plays a very big part in the rating of the offered tea. Once a lot is processed, the leaves are again inspected and variations in leaf size or any broken leaves are plucked out by hand, removed from the prized lot. That leaf, however, retains its lineage – a top grade, finest of the harvest, offering wonderful flavors and aroma.

Knowing this process, we have purchased these “castaway” leaves as they are truly wonderful in taste. Our name, Little Monkey Tieguanyin, speaks to the size of the leaves as they tend to be smaller and even broken after rolling. In the steep, you will find a highly aromatic and flavorful Tieguanyin oolong. The best of the harvest but as they say “damaged fruit” and herein recognized as such. We recommend you give it try if you enjoy Tieguanyin style oolongs.

Our "Little Monkey" Tieguanyin was grown in the AnXi Region in southern Fujian Province.  The region's terrier - soils, shape of the rolling hills and terraced mountains, altitude, the proximity to the sea, ample rains and mists, create an optimum environment for cultivating this oolong’s lush flavors.

Why we selected this particular lot.
As we stated earlier, these leaves are some of the finest of the harvest but have been “damaged” in the processing of the lot. At the same time, note the leaves vibrant, fresh green coloration. Light and aromatic notes emanate from the freshly harvested leaves. This signature "airy" and floral flavor determined our selection. The tea has precious, natural aromas, flavor is full and lingering. Harvest date is 2016.  Lot # 13. 

Interesting facts about our selection.
The highest grade oolongs are hand selected from the just picked harvest or "pluck".  The leaves then are processed.  The high grade lots must be as close to uniform in appearance as possible.  Misshapen or "damaged” leaves are culled out.  These leaves cab taste wonderful as they are best of the pluck.  Our Little Monkey is made with these same leaves - the culled highest grade.  Note the leaves are quite small. 

Taste profile.
As the leaves steep, they slowly open to release a lush, light-green-yellow liquor often described as floral and buttery. Notes are softly sweet, with a mouth feel that will linger and delight you in its complexity. Long after tasting, you can note the taste of this tea remains to be enjoyed again. 

Brewing suggestions.
Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly and pour the water off. This will "awaken" the leaves.  Then re-infuse and steep for 1.5 to two minutes. Optimum water temperature is 195° plus. Drain the water off the leaves between infusions and they should easily provide 5-6 steeps!

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Super Butterfly Wuyi Oolong Tea 1 oz

$12.40

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SUPER BUTTERFLY WUYI OOLONG (Oolong tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Wuyi Mountains Shipping Port: Fuzhou Grade: Super grade Altitude: 2500’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: Orthodox Infusion: Tending light with golden highlights. Cup Characteristics: Stunning quality from China’s Wuyi Mountains. Distinctive notes of orchid, peach and sweet earth float like a butterfly. Ingredients: Luxury oolong tea. Information: Throughout the history of Chinese tea making, artisans have looked to folklore and legend for inspiration. Why? Chinese literature is filled with tales of love, loss and heartache - the drama of life. The artisans of old believed that the profound and dramatic nuances of existence could be experienced and understood, with each and every sip of their creations. One of the most famous of these ancient stories is The Legend of the Butterfly Lovers, believed to have been the tale that served as the inspiration for this amazing Wuyi mountain oolong. The story tells of the tragic events leading up to the inevitable demise of the main characters, the maiden Zhu Yingtai and the young man, Liang Shanbo. Zhu wanted to go away to study but since girls weren’t allowed to attend school in ancient times, she was told to remain at home. Undaunted, she disguised herself as a boy and set off for a far away boarding school. Along the way she met another student, Liang. Liang was headed for the same school as Zhu and the two became best of friends. (Liang of course had no idea that his friend was actually a girl.) Years passed and Liang found himself the victim of an arranged marriage to a woman he did not love. Zhu revealed that she was indeed a woman, and offered to marry him, but his parents objected. Heartbroken, Liang died and his body was laid in a dark tomb. On the day of the funeral, Zhu stood weeping when suddenly the tomb miraculously cracked open. Realizing that her only chance to be with Liang was in death, she threw herself into the tomb and died. Moments later, an astonished hush rose from the assembled crowd as two butterflies fluttered out of the open tomb, flying off into the heavens – their spirits finally united. And there you have it. At some point, a Wuyi tea maker, perhaps doubly inspired by the wealth of butterflies living in the vicinity of Wuyi, (in recent years certified as a UNESCO world heritage site and biosphere), decided to make a tea in honor of the butterfly’s supernatural capacity to represent the human spirit. (Interestingly, the ancient tale is still so popular with the Chinese people that it is currently being considered for the “Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” - also from UNESCO.) In his opinion, one sip of his incredible oolong opened up the depths of the soul, allowing one to peer beyond the longing and suffering that can trouble the heart, as it did the two lovers. Flash forward a few hundred years and we can only but agree – Super Butterfly is an absolutely exquisite tea – almost supernaturally so. Hot tea brewing method: Oolongs teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after about 1 minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the proceeding cup. Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

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Se Chung Oolong Tea 1 oz

$2.25

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SE CHUNG OOLONG (Oolong Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Wuyi Mountains - Fujian Province Shipping Port: Fuzhou Grade: Oolong - ‘green style’ Altitude: 400 - 1200 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Oolong Cup Characteristics: Green herbaceous notes with fruity sweet characteristics Infusion: Light, tending green. Leaves unfold beautifully Ingredients: Premium oolong tea. Information: Oolong means semi fermented. They are manufactured very similar to black teas, but are given a much shorter withering period, a light roll (according to the type of oolong being made), and then allowed to ferment only until the edges of the leafs start to turn brown. The tea is then fired which arrests the fermenting process and captures the interesting character associated with Oolong tea. Se Chung Oolong has a shorter fermentation time than other Oolongs from Fujian province resulting in more subtle Oolong character. There are delicate notes of Ti Kuan Yin style flavor combined with a slight herbaceous green character. This is why this particular tea is sought after - delicate flavor notes of a top Oolong combined with green tea characters. The best China oolongs come from Fujian Province - in the Wuyi Mountains area since Fujian province is the historical ‘birthplace’ on China oolongs. The method of production of Oolong teas is complicated. The tea maker brings all his skills to the fore to define ‘his’ oolong. His skills and abilities could create a commercial success or a total flop. The defining moment for Se Chung Oolong is purported to have occurred in Fujian Province during the Ching dynasty. An elderly monk who was suffering from a ‘cold sickness’ was unable to be cured by the local doctors. It was known there was a tea maker whose special teas made people well again. The tea maker was summoned to bring his tea to the sick monk. The legend does not tell what became of the monk, nor for that matter what became of the tea maker, but the style of oolong has persisted through the decades and has become on of the predominant oolongs in China - noted for superb flavour and affordable price. Hot tea brewing method: Oolongs teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water which is then poured off. The tea is then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after about 1 minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding a different liquor from the proceeding cup. Iced tea brewing method: (makes 1 quart). Place 6 teaspoons of Se Chung oolong into a heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

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Quangzhou Milk Oolong Tea 1 oz

$5.30

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QUANGZHOU MILK OOLONG (Oolong Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Wuyi Mountains Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Milk Oolong Altitude: 1500 – 4000 ft. above sea level. Manufacture Type: Traditional orthodox Cup Characteristics: A most unique character best described as 'premium oolong with sweet milk and light orchid notes peeking out from camellia depths'. Infusion: Tending greenish Ingredients: Luxury oolong tea Information: Milk Oolong, where to begin? Do we tell you the legends of how it came into existence? Do we tell you how it is actually produced? Do we wax poetic about its luscious flavor? Well, maybe we should do all 3. We’ll start with a legend. The stories of this tea naturally centre on its wonderful milky flavor, which interestingly, is the result of a sudden shift in temperature during harvest - a rare occurrence to say the least. One of the many legends explains that the first time this shift occurred was centuries ago when the moon fell in love with a comet passing through the night sky. The comet, as all comets are wont to do, passed by, burned out and vanished. The moon, in her sorrow caused a great wind to blow through the hills and valleys bringing about a quick drop in temperature. The next morning, local tea pluckers went out to collect their fresh leaf. To their surprise, when the tea was processed it had developed an amazing milky character, which was attributed to the motherly character of the old moon. (Hey, it’s possible!) Next, a little on how it is produced. Milk Oolong, like all Oolongs, is considered a semi-fermented tea meaning it is somewhere between a black and green tea. Over the years, production methods have remained unchanged for the most part although some aspects like withering temperatures have been automated and regulated. First, the leaf is plucked from gardens situated between 500 – 1200 meters, and is produced between March and December. Next, the plucked leaf is withered in air-conditioned rooms until it is has reached the desired level of fermentation. The fermented tea is rocked, or sifted to sort the prime leaf required, and steamed over hot fire. Finally the tea is dried then re-sorted to ensure leaf quality and packed. The tea is produced in relatively small quantities from March to December; in fact, only 80,000 kg are produced with about 60,000 kg headed for the export market. Finally, we come to the part where we wax poetic about its outstanding flavor. So how to describe a steaming cup of Milk Oolong Ok, imagine if velvet somehow took liquid form and was blended with a sweet light cream. While drinking it, you find yourself swimming to the bottom of a deep well of orchids. It sounds dream-like doesn’t it? Well brew a pot and experience its milky dreaminess for yourself – an amazingly profound tea. Hot tea brewing method: Oolongs teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after about 1 minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the proceeding cup. Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

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Phoenix #1 Iron Goddess Oolong Tea 1 oz

$4.50

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PHOENIX #1 Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong (Oolong Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Fujian Province Shipping Port: Fuzhou Grade: Ti Kuan Yin Phoenix #1 Altitude: 2500 ft above sea level Manufacture Type: Oolong Cup Characteristics: A light ‘airy’ character with delicate orchid-like notes. Infusion: Pale green yellow liquor, tending slightly amber Ingredients: Luxury oolong tea Information: Oolong tea is semi fermented which is one of the reasons it has such a unique character. The semi fermentation gives the tea a little bit more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea ... and interestingly it gives the flavor a very unique twist. You will see (particularly in the infused leaf) that the edges of the leaves are slightly bruised (brownish). The reason for this is that the leaves are lightly bruised to start the oxidation process. During this process the characteristic ‘curly’ leaf is also created. After 15-25 minutes (depending upon ambient temperature and humidity levels) the tea is fired, locking in the special flavor profile. There are several grades of Ti Kuan Yin (a.k.a Iron Goddess of Mercy). This particular type is the nbr 1 grade. When comparing to other Ti Kuan Yin’s, you will see a better leaf presentation which results in a more refined character - and hence the special moniker - PHOENIX #1. It has been written that Ti Kuan Yin is at first bitter, then sweet and finishes with a fragrance, which lingers on your palate. We find this particular grade is sweet with a fragrant finish and has no bitter notes. The legend of Ti Kuan Yin is that a certain Mr. Wei, a tea grower in Sand County, Fujian had a dream in which a spirit advised him that a treasure was awaiting him behind a temple dedicated to Kuan-Yin. Upon his discovery of the treasure he was to share it with his neighbors. The next day he diligently searched for the treasure but could only find a tiny tea shoot. Even though he was disappointed, he took the tea shoot home and cared for it extremely well for the next 2 years. At the end of the 2-year period the tea bush yielded 1 kilo of tea. He brewed some in a lidded bowl and noticed an unusual fragrance plus the fact that the flavor remained pure and strong even after several additions of water. To ensure his good luck and to follow the spirit’s guidelines he took care of the bush with renewed enthusiasm. Within a few years the original tea bush fathered hundreds of trees and shrubs, which he shared with his neighbors. Hot tea brewing method: Oolongs teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after about 1 minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the proceeding cup. Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

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