Loose Leaf 2014 Zheng Yan Tie Luo Han Oolong Tea
Tie Luo Han, or Tieluohan, is called Iron Arhat or Iron Monk in America. One of the Four Great Oolongs. Called a yancha, or rock tea, because the trees grow in very shallow soil on the rocky Wuyi Mountain. The small farm from which we sourced our tea is located in the Wuyi Scenic Area, a national park that contains the original rock tea gardens in Wuyi, China.
The trees in the park are protected by the Chinese government who proclaimed the trees to be a national treasure. The government forbids the use of chemicals to be used in the park. Zheng yan means that the trees from which the leaves are pick are grown within the park. Zheng yan teas rarely, if ever, leave China. Our Tie luo han was harvested from a single tree inside the protected park.
Our Zheng Yan Tie Luo Han has been grown, picked and processed by a single family. The family has owned the farm for several generations. Although they do not know exactly how old their trees are, they are at least 60 years old. The tea is processed entirely by hand except for stem removal. Their process has been perfected and passed down through the generations.
The dried tea leaves were smoked four times over charcoal to a medium roast. The smokey taste is prominent but not overpowering, just adds another layer to create a perfect aroma and flavor.
The flavor of our tie luo han is like a smokey and peppery dark chocolate with ripe fruits. It is highly complex with many nuances to explore. The minerals from the rocks in which it grew are apparent. The aftertaste lingers for several minutes.
A tea of exceptional quality, our 2014 Zheng Yan Tie Luo Han oolong rock tea will steep at least 8 times, up to 15.