Anxi Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Oak wood, Butter, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Peach, Potato, Vegetal, Cream, Hot hay, Creamy, Mineral, Sweet, Flowers, Grass, Toasty, Grapes, Nuts
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Caffeine
Medium
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 10 oz / 284 ml

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  • “I thoroughly enjoyed this well balanced oolong courtesy of a sample sent to me by the thoughtful Dexter3657. This green oolong has a really nice soft, sweet blend of floral notes...” Read full tasting note
    yyz 398 tasting notes
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Origin: Anxi (安溪), Fujian Province, Taiwan

Ingredients: Evenly and tightly rolled tea leaves

Harvest time: May 15, 2014

Taste: after brewed, tastes smooth and brisk with sweet aftertaste and long-lasting fragrance

Health Benefits: Monkey-King 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.

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414 tasting notes

I am so thankful for Teavivre’s review contest, I have won a 5 tea sampler pack and that makes me really happy this morning!

So to honour them, I have decided to drink one of my favourite of theirs.

This is my best everyday Tie Guan Yin. By everyday, I don’t mean this is average tasting, I mean it’s affordable enough to drink on an everyday basis.

Cause this TGY is absolutely fabulous, it competes with some of the most expensive ones I own, for a fraction of the price. It is everything I love about high mountain oolong. Floral, buttery and sweet, but also juicy and refreshing. There’s a pure crystalline mineral quality about this tea. I get hints of vanilla also, which makes this cup so very creamy and yummy!

Its name is representative, it truly is a TGY King!

I searched a long time before settling on this tea, I tried lower grades TGY to see if they could make a decent cup for a daily basis. But I quickly came to the conclusion that quality is proportional to the $$ you are willing to pay. That was until I got to try a sample of this wonderful tea.

It is almost at par with another one I buy in much smaller amount but would cost $60 for the same quantity!

Thank you Teavivre, no wonder I keep coming back for more :-)

And congrats to all the other Steepsterites who have won something in the contest!!

donkeytiara

congrats! I reckon I’m still too much of a rookie…entered once…got a $3 coupon….reckon they didn’t like the smoking monkey vision I created during the review! :)

Cheri

Congrats! And this sounds like an awesome tea. I’ll have to add it to my list.

Roughage

Congratulations. :)

Terri HarpLady

Was there a contest? LOL, I never know about these thing until I’ve missed them!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks :-)

MzPriss

Congrats!!

tigress_al

Mmm, I love this tea too.
Shoot, I missed the contest as well

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2031 tasting notes

Thanks so so much to Teavivre for continuing to be awesome, for providing me with this tea to sample, and for sending a completely surprise free (!!!) gaiwan with my last pack of samples. I am, of course, using it to try out this tea now!

I used one pack, gave it a quick rinse, and did a few steeps to start before the gaiwan got so hot I couldn’t hold it anymore. After the first couple of steeps the tea leaves exploded and were bursting out of the gaiwan. It smells initially like a nice, green TGY, that is buttery and floral and a bit sugary, but this tea caught me a little off guard. What I wasn’t expecting was the intense juicy, fruity flavor in the tea. Unlike other TGYs I’ve had, for sure!

This does have the expected elements: it’s very floral, it’s very buttery, it’s a bit sweet like spun sugar. But this kind of bright almost citrusy note to it is so cool. Really interesting tea, and I look forward to trying it with various brewing methods. Thanks again, Teavivre!

Tea Sipper

Teavivre keeps getting more and more and amazing! Wow!

moraiwe

That’s insanely awesome!

TeaVivre

it’s hard to control Gaiwan when you first use and easy to Scald your finger. When you use it several times and have experience, then it’s easy to control.

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398 tasting notes

I thoroughly enjoyed this well balanced oolong courtesy of a sample sent to me by the thoughtful Dexter3657. This green oolong has a really nice soft, sweet blend of floral notes (gardenia/lily/sweet Williams), fruit peaches and vanilla sugar, papaya, citrus notes and hints of pineapple, mineral notes, cream, and the sweeter tones of artichoke. I may prefer a slightly more biting floral green, but I enjoyed the soft sweet floral notes of this oolong.

I steeped this tea 8 times after a rinse (30, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 85 and 105s).

The dry leaf smells of fruit, peach and pineapple, vanilla and a light floral accent of lily and gardenia. They are tightly rolled and are a bright spruce green with light olive accents.

30s. Light green tinged yellow brew with a peach tinged with citrus pineapple scent with a floral green top note.

It tastes of gardenia mixed with citrus notes, pineapple, cream, peach, a hint of something powdery and vanilla. A nice mix of fruit and soft floral, with a silky texture.

30s. Slightly deeper yellow brew.
The flavour is a green floral mixed with sweet Williams, cream, warm peaches, papaya and pineapple. It is very sweet and has notes of warm cooked snap peas and vanilla.

35s. Deeper flavour with a green vegetal note of sweet Jerusalem artichoke. There is a softer green floral with lily and gardenia, peaches sprinkled with vanilla sugar and cream. There is a freshening feeling in the front of the mouth.

40s. Mineral note, light gardenia, lily, peach, snap pea, sweet cooked peaches, cream, with a vanilla hint. Still a creamy texture.

50s. Similar but more intense flavour than 40s, with greener peach, vanilla note, artichoke and gardenia breaking down into a nutmeg like note.

60s. Sweet, slightly more fruity than floral.
Tastes of a mineral green soft vegetal note, peach and gardenia.

85s. Savoury with gardenia, nutmeg, cream and stronger artichoke note, faint reference to aftertaste of peach.

105s. Vegetal, mineral, gardenia, cream.

Sorry I posted this in the wrong place originally.

AnnaEA

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818 tasting notes

What? I am the first to review this! I am not very good with my descriptions, so please forgive me. Thank you so much Teavivre for including this free sample in my order!

I used 3 tsp of leaf for this cup. It filled the steeper up completely.

This was delicious. I have decided that I really love roasted oolongs with that sweet buttery roasty taste. This tea was no exception and I found it slightly sweet with some fruity notes. It wasn’t overly vegetal which I enjoy.

It was so good that I resteeped 3 times at 2,3,and 4 minutes. The fourth steep was a little weak but it was still delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Perfect description.

tigress_al

Thanks! I hope it does the tea justice

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1154 tasting notes

Thank you Angel at Teavivre for this sample.

I like the new tables that show both Western and Chinese brewing information on the Teavivre website.

I bought an 8oz Gongfu teapot from Teavivre last year so for the sake of this review I shall use the suggested 3oz (or guess the equivalent as best I can).

Tea – 7g (one small silver foil bag)
Water Temperature – 100℃
7 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s

The tea itself consists of dark green and light green leaves that make up small to medium sized balls and squiggles.

They have a sweet lily, orchid and mineral green scent.

Throughout the steeps –
It starts with a thick but sweet lily fragrance. Tea tastes subtle, sweet, mineral green and floral with vegetal elements. Perhaps slightly buttery and perfumed in the after taste.

It gradually becomes rather dry and less sweet. The lily is still very thick. The vegetal tone becomes more distinguished and fresh broccoli like.

Eventually around the fifth steep it tones down a lot in flavour and becomes as mellow as the first steep. It still has lily characteristics and vegetal tones but it’s also much dryer than previously.

Overall – It’s a very floral Oolong which has light and medium strengths/highlights throughout. No bitterness was present. I enjoyed this, would consider purchasing some in the future.

Preparation
Boiling

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Many thanks to Heather for passing down a sample of this oolong. I had four cups of this throughout the day, so go me. Surprisingly both steeps (steeped two cups worth at once) were nearly the same: sweet floral. Actually, this just very well may be the sweetest oolong I’ve ever had, that’s naturally sweet, of course. So fresh, like spring.

This just reminds me of the pile of oolong I acquired from Zen Tea a while back just sitting around twiddling its fingers. Tie Guan Yin really ought to be a nearly daily thing for me.

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1700 tasting notes

I think the verdict so far, after 3 days of oolong sampling, is that I’m just not that into oolongs. This is nice, and smooth, and just a bit floral and vegetal and it’s fine, but… I just don’t see that I’d crave it very often.

It’s good, but what would I ever do with an oz of it?

I’ll rate it when I drink the second pack!

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560 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells so fresh, sweet & grassy! It’s not often that a tea smells this fresh, especially when it’s traveled across the ocean, but this one is so lovely.

Sipping… oh, this is really nice! I’m getting a bit of a honey combined with the nicest floral notes. I love how the flowers complement the sweetness of the cup instead of overwhelm everything. I don’t taste a whole lot of vegetal notes that I detected in the dry leaf scent, but am enjoying the honey and flowers instead. This cup also lacks any astringency — everything is so smooth and sweet! Delicious!

Thanks to Teavivre for such a tasty tea!

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1615 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, Heather!

I’m not the hugest fan of green oolongs, and this isn’t really an exception. The leaves smell green and somewhat roasty, with a hint of mineral.

Steeped (I used 2 tsp in 16 oz), it smells sweet and a little floral, reminiscent of the ocean sand. I could swear there’s jasmine in here, just a hint.

It’s really different. I can’t say I really like it, but the fact that it’s not the same as other green oolongs I’ve tried is nice. The flavours are more “me”. While there’s a mineral aspect, it doesn’t taste like seaweed. It reminds me more of a nice jasmine green than anything, only with WAY less jasmine.

Not bad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Dry: Very dark green tightly rolled leaves, somewhat glossy. Lovely light slightly floral and sweet green fragrance. Fresh is the word I would use to describe this tea right out of the bag.

Steeped: I steeped 7g in my large infuser. Like other oolongs, this one needs a lot of room to expand and the large whole leaves unfurl nicely. Lovely clear yellow (tinted towards olive) liquor. Smells sweet and light with a floral-fruity oolong note.

Taste: Smooth and sweet from the first sip with a silky mouth feel. A little bit drying on the tongue, but not in an unpleasant, sour, or bitter way. Fresh and fragrant oolong with a slight fruity note. Not tasting anything buttery, vegetal, or roasted in this tea- just a light, pleasant, and enjoyable oolong. Holds up to several re-steepings, though I stopped after three to move onto something else. I have really been enjoying my Teavivre order- everything has been wonderful so far.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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