Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

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There is a baked flavor when brewed Monkey Picked Oolong tea, which was ever named Maliumie in China. It is come from Li Mountain, Taizhong, Taiwan, which belongs to the top 10 of Taiwan teas.

Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea
  • Produced in Lishan(梨山), Taizhong, Taiwan
  • A wild kind of Tie Guanyin
  • The degree of fermentation is 100%
  • Evenly and tightly rolled tea leaves
  • Orange Red color when brewed
  • Baked Taste with a smoothly and soft flavor
  • Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Using Taiwan autumn tea as material, this Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin carefully selected by PureTea is baked slowly by soft fire (the baking process falls into three steps and every step lasts two minutes). The degree of fermentation is 100 percent so that the dried tea can keep a long-lasting fragrance. After brewing, the smell of honey peach and the baked flavor can be perfectly appreciated and the beverage tastes gorgeously smooth.

Legend has it that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, monkey is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. Another saying goes that tea farmers need to tie a rope around the waist during the process of picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name.

Certificate of Analyze by Eurofins

  • Certificate No.: AR-14-SU-014735-01


Our Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.

Recommend Brewing Guide:
Western Method Chinese Gongfu Way
Water : 17oz / 500ml 212℉ / 100℃ Water : 3oz / 85ml 212℉ / 100℃
Use 1 Tablespoons / 8 Grams Tea Use 7 Grams Tea
3 - 10 mins 7 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s
Teapot may be your choice Gaiwan or Yixing Teapot may be your choice
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds


With a strong and long-lasting fragrance, this Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin smells fresh and tender. When you brew it, it tastes gorgeously smooth with clean refreshing finish. The tea leaves turn soft because its degree of fermentation is 100 percent. You had better drink it one hour after meals, for it is quite good for digestion.


Brief Health Info

The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin contains lots of vitamins. Vitamin A can prevent from scurvy; Vitamin B can help digestion; Vitamin C can enhance immunity; Vitamin E can resist aging. As the saying goes that rarity enhances value, you will benefit a lot from drinking a cup of it every day.


Where is this Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea produced

The carefully selected Tie Guanyin is from Li Mountain in Taiwan. The tea trees grow on the cliff in Li Mountain, which is located in Taizhong, Taiwan. At an altitude of 2000 meters, the alpine region is the highest tea producing area in Taiwan. The growing environment is of pollution-free and clean, since the mountain is covered by virgin forests. Owing to the large temperature difference between morning and evening, short duration of sunshine, cloud and mist throughout the year, the tea leaves are thick and smooth. They are high-quality raw materials for tea producing.

Lishan in Taizhong

Later, more and more tea factories have introduced this kind of tree seed from Taiwan. After planting it in tea garden, they pick the tea leaves according to strict standards.


Why people named it Monkey picked or Ma Liu Mie?

Growing between the cliff and rock, Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin is a wild kind of Tie Guanyin. Legend has it that there is a kind of wild Oolong tea tree growing between the cliff and rock in ancient times so that tea farmers cannot pick the leaves in usual way. Therefore, people figure out to tie a rope around waist to climb the cliff for tea picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name.

Another saying goes that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, money is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. People name it as Maliumie, referring to the kind of Oolong tea picked by monkey.

Maliumie(马骝搣), as the name of production:

“Maliu(马骝)” is the nickname of monkey used by people in Guangzhou, Guangxi and Hainan. “Mie(搣)” means picking. “Maliumie” refers that monkey king picks tea leaves. In addition to the meaning of Maliumie picked by monkey king, the name also indicates that it is a kind of precious tea.


The history of Taiwanese Oolong tea

In the early 1800's a Fujian tea merchant took some seeds to Taiwan to see how well the plants would grow there. It proved to be very successful and so in the following years tea production in Taiwan became very widespread. However for the first half of the century most of the tea was sent back to Fujian to be processed there.

This changed in 1868 when a British man named John Dodd decided this was hugely inefficient, and so hired some Fujian tea masters to setup tea processing in Taipai. This worked out very well, and in the following year Dodd shipped 127 tonnes of what was then called Formosa tea to the United States, where it was a great success. From that time on, Oolong tea has been the most widely exported type of tea from Taiwan.



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