3 min @ 212°
Using Taiwan autumn tea as material, this Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin carefully selected by TeaVivre is baked slowly by soft fire (the baking process falls into three steps and every step lasts two minutes). The degree of fermentation is 100 percent so that the dried tea can keep a long-lasting fragrance. After brewing, the smell of honey peach and the baked flavor can be perfectly appreciated and the beverage tastes gorgeously smooth.
Legend has it that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, monkey is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. Another saying goes that tea farmers need to tie a rope around the waist during the process of picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name.
This tea is very fragrant while brewing and, inspite of it being an oolong, it reminds me a lot of a white tea. Since I’m not a huge fan of white tea, this is why I only gave it 4½ stars instead of five- it’s a personal preference. It’s a very light, almost sweet, floral-tasting tea. Other people have said ‘orchid’ but since I grew up in the Southern US, it tastes like honeysuckle nectar to me. This stands up well for at least three brewings but don’t oversteep as some of the delicate top notes vanish.