Fujian Min Nan Black Oolong Tea. From the same county as Tie Guan Yin. Mao Xie, is another classic Anxi oolong tea, although not so well known.
This tea originates from the same mountain range as our Tie Guan Yin teas. Due to the rise in popularity of Tie Guan Yin in the nineties and noughties, many of the older varietals became hard to sell and some farmers attempted to experiment with different styles in order to use their raw leaf.
This batch of tea was been made into black tea and roasted, though following oolong processing techniques, however, for whatever reason the farmer hadn't sold it. This tea is an excellent example of the disconnect that can happen between the consumer and producer. Even though in the past we asked about old and aged teas, the farmer always assumed we were talking about aged Tie Guan Yin. It was only when we talked about our new ranges of Da Ye oolong, Mao Xie and Fo Shou that the farmer suddenly mentioned about the several hundred kilograms of the Mao Xie black oolong tea he had!
The tea is produced in a very traditional, hand made style and wood-charcoal baked for several days. Since discovering the tea we have had the tea re-baked using wood-charcoal.
Very unusal tea, but highly recommended. Wonderful flavours and aromas, with a long lingering finish.
Altenative Names: 红水乌龙, Red Oolong,
Description of Packaging: Pouch
This product either contains more than one type of tea or it is unusual and we have yet to write a desciption.
Xianghua, Anxi, Fujian 福建省安溪县祥华乡
Xianghua township is part of Anxi county. Located to the North-West of Anxi town. Now with the improved roads in the region it is possible to drive from Anxi to Xianghua in around 1.5-2 hours.
Set high in the mountains of the region, Xianghua region averages an altitude around 850m with the highest peaks around 1588m.
One of the three main Tieguanyin producing areas, alongside Gande 感德镇 and Xiping 西平镇, Xianghua includes twenty villages and many more small hamlets, many engaged in tea growing and production.
Brewing Oolong Tea in a Gaiwan
Vessel Capacity: 150 - 200ml
Tea Quantity: 8g (loose leaf)
Water Temperature: 95 - 98c
People / Servings: 4
Medthod: Rinse the tea with a little hot water and then discard it. Next refill the tea pot and follow the infusion times below. For a 120ml Gaiwan you can either keep back 1-2g or add all the leaf. If you add all the leaf, you may want to revise the brewing times slightly (downward) to allow for the fuller flavour. Please note using a Zisha teapot times should be revised downward to allow for time for the liquor to pour from the tea pot.
Infusion Times (in seconds):
1st = 30.
2nd = 30.
3rd = 40.
4th = 50.
5th = 70.
6th = 90.
7th = 120.
Please visit our online tea brewing guide, which includes different methods and infusion times for all tea types.