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Anxi Oolong Tea

Anxi County in southeastern Fujian Province is renowned for the tieguanyin (or Iron Goddess of Mercy) variety of oolong. Traditional crafting calls for medium oxidation and a heavy roast, while modern styles are lightly oxidized to produce floral notes.

  • Light Roast Tieguanyin
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    漢字 低火清香鐵觀音

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes bright, grassy

    漢字 低火清香鐵觀音

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes bright, grassy

    Traditionally, teas made in Anxi County were rolled, oxidized to about 50%, and heavily roasted; all to preserve the dried leaves in the humid weather of southern China. As such, the Tieguanyin variety there was cultivated to produce nutty notes and a dry, clean finish, which were emphasized by the...


  • Dark Roast Tieguanyin
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    漢字 特級猴王鐵觀音

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes almond, toffee

    漢字 特級猴王鐵觀音

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes almond, toffee

    Harvested in Anxi County, Fujian Province in the springtime, the leaf is 30% oxidized, first by bruising the leaves in a bamboo drum and then allowing them to rest and gradually wither. The rest time enables the conversion of catechins into bioflavonoids while enriching the color of the liquor. We...


  • Monkey Picked Tieguanyin
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    漢字 猴王鐵觀音

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes walnut, floral

    漢字 猴王鐵觀音

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes walnut, floral

    For years, we called this tea our "Monkey Picked" Iron Goddess of Mercy. It has remained the cornerstone of our Anxi oolong collection for almost two decades - a solid everyday tea that reminds us of the way Tieguanyins were in the past: rich, mid-oxidized, and slightly high fired. Harvested...


  • Aged Tieguanyin, ca. 1986
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    漢字 猴王鐵觀音老茶

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft never re-roasted

    flavor notes plum, walnut

    漢字 猴王鐵觀音老茶

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft never re-roasted

    flavor notes plum, walnut

    Aged oolongs are rare in the world of teas. Unlike pu-erhs that change through microbial activity, oolong leaves age naturally. And whereas pu-erh teas are considered "living teas" that must be exposed to air, aged oolongs are often kept sealed as they age. This tea was sourced in the mid-80's,...


  • Dark Roast Tieguanyin Looseleaf Canister
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    This red canister contains two ounces (14 servings) of one of our most traditional oolong teas, Dark Roast Tieguanyin. Harvested in Anxi County, Fujian Province in Spring 2014, the leaf is 30% oxidized, first by bruising the leaves in a bamboo drum and then allowing them to rest and gradually wither. The rest time enables the conversion of catechins into bioflavonoids while enriching the color of the liquor. We then asked the tea maker to...

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