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Monkey Picked Iron Goddess (Fujian Monkey Picked Ti Kwan Yin) from Tea N Joy. . .

Ah, oolongs – my favorite type of tea. There’s no bad time of year for a good ti kwan yin. Summer? Cold brew. Winter? Western-style brew in a giant mug.  Any time? Gong fu. The dry leaf of this particular ti kwan yin is forest green with brown stems. It is semiball-rolled. I could not find brewing guidelines on the company’s website so I improvised from experience. I got five decent steeps out of this leaf, all delivering a pale gold brew. I prepared the first steep at 205f for 40 seconds. The wet leaf looks and smells good. The leaves Read More

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Monkey Picked Oolong from Red Leaf Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type: Oolong Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea Tea Description: Deep in the forests of Southern China, tea leaves are still harvested by hand from wild tea trees. These are considered to be gourmet, premium teas among the Chinese, and there is always a light body, a delicate clarity, and an earthy nature to the brews of these leaves that is never found elsewhere. At one time, tradition says, the monks of a certain temple, desirous of harvesting more of these wild tree leaves at a quicker pace, trained dozens of monkeys to climb to the tops of the Read More