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Tie Guan Yin oolong dates back to the early 18th century when it was discovered in Anxi County of Fujian Province. Tie Guan Yin is named after the varietal of the same name, which is translated as Iron Goddess of Mercy.


A Chinese legend says Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, appeared in a dream to a local farmer and told him to look in the cave behind the temple. There he found a single tea shoot, which he planted and cultivated. From that time, the tea has been known as Iron Goddess of Mercy.

Another 18th century legend alludes to trained monkeys scaling wild tea trees to select the finest leaves. Today, however, ‘monkey-picked’ simply refers to a very high-grade Tie Guan Yin, produced during spring and autumn, which are considered the best seasons, from higher elevations.

Our Tie Guan Yin is rich, with a mid-level of oxidation and a strong orchid-flower fragrance. The finished tea leaves are rolled into a plump, semi-balled shape that’s emerald green in colour; and some say bears resemblance to a dragonfly’s head!

As the rolled leaves steep, they slowly unfurl to give a lush, light-green-yellow liquor that’s buttery to taste. It’s soft, sweet and floral, with a mouth feel that lingers and delights in its complexity. Even the aftertaste of this organic hand rolled oolong is sweet and refreshing.

Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin Organic Oolong Tea

SKU: 0013
  • 35g (1.23oz)

    How we like our tea

    2.5g in 200ml water

    85 degrees for 3 - 5 minutes.

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