Hou Zi Cai or Ma Liu Mi (Cantonese) is a greener, lightly roasted Monkey Picked variety of oolong from Anxi county, famous for producing Tie Guan Yin. This lovely spring harvest offers a very light cup that is gorgeously intricate in profile with a lingering, pronounced floral note.
About the leaves:
Grown between 500 and 1200 meters above sea level, our 2019 Ma Liu Mi is a lighter roast oolong harvested in May from 10-year-old trees. Its picking standard is one bud and 2 or 3 leaves, which can grow up to 8 cm in length. The leaves are then fired by hand and roasted once.
This tea contains a medium level of caffeine | Steep at 180° for 2-3 minutes.
Anxi County is often synonymous with Tie Guan Yin, “Iron Goddess” tea. It is known infamously throughout the world as one of China’s top 10 teas. Ma Liu Mi or ‘Monkey King’ Oolong belongs to the zhengchao style of Tie Guan Yin, with a satisfying brisk and smooth flavor.
As the legend goes, the cliffs where this tea is cultivated are too steep for people to pick the tea leaves, so monkeys were needed to climb the cliffs and pick the tea for the farmers. Alternatively, it is said that farmers must tie a rope around their waist during harvests, allowing them to scale the cliffs and trees much like monkeys.
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When does this tea lose its flavor after it is harvest? How long can it be stored?
Asked by Steven G
on May 21st, 2022
Wang Xiang Feng
How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I just started to work with tea two years ago when I married to my husband. His family is a tea family, so I also want to go with my husband to work in tea.
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I work from 7 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
Our tea farm is in the Wuyi natural protection area. You cannot enter without permission. I love to work in the natural area. Everything is clean, the trees are green, the air is fresh.
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
I hate bad weather. If it is too cold, our tea buds and tender leaves will be damaged. If it is raining hard, the moisture will be too high to make good tea.
Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Suggest using a glass teapot or yixing ceramic teapot. Do not brew too long and you will have beautiful tea color with pleasant taste.
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