China Hairy Crab Oolong

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Mao Xie Wu Long has been cultivated among the winding hilly gardens of Anxi, southern Fujian Province since early Qing times. Commonly referred to by its English translation, Hairy Crab Oolong is so named for its deeply serrated leaf form and the fine downy hair that can be seen on its leaves. Grown from its own tea plant varietal, the tea is entirely handmade and is produced in a manner similar to the Ti Kuan Yins, but has a less flowery aroma and taste. Instead, it is fruitier and distinctly reminiscent of ripe peach. A very delicate, refreshing Oolong – perfect for Guywan preparation.

Recommendations: Use 1 heaping tsp. per 6 oz. cup; heat fresh cold water until steaming briskly (195ºF); let steep for 2 1/2 minutes.

The leaves support many consecutive infusions, making it a great tea for Gungfu style preparation.

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411 tasting notes

Smells good, lovely white wine color, but a little lacking in the flavor department for me – it’s too light. I can tell it’s a relative of the Ti Kuan Yi teas out there, but a little more of a wall flower. (Which doesn’t bother me at all, since it’s a little more expensive!)

I can taste a slight peach overtone, but not enough to make it an outstanding feature.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Just curious – any connection between the name of the tea and the tea itself that you know of?


….that name is not even a little bit cute. D:


I know there’s something wrong with me cuz I’d really enjoy having this in my cupboard just for the name ;)


I’ve heard two stories – one that the whole leaf looks a little like a crab, and another that the physical location this is grown is famous for hairy crabs… I don’t know that either is true.


Apparently so.

I will admit that I was a little hesitant to google ‘Chinese hairy crab’. The internet has taught me many lessons in my lifetime, but the one about googling suspect search terms is amongst the most well-learned.

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Still working on this sample from SpecialTeas. This tea is so light. It’s definitely floral and still tastes almost like a jasmine tea to me. Peachy flavors in the aftertaste.

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Great name this tea has, huh?

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