This green tea (also known as Huangshan Maofeng) is grown in the mountains of Huangshan (which translates to Yellow Mountain) in the Anhui province of China.
Chinese Tea Mythology: Green Snail Spring (Bi Lo Chun)
Green Snail Spring…just as the name suggests, you would think. There are a couple of legends surrounding the origin of the name.
Chinese Tea Mythology: The Big Red Robe
Da Hong Pao is a well known oolong tea from Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian province of China.
Chinese Tea Mythology: The Legend of Pu’erh
To many tea connoisseurs, the leaf is like a fine wine what with its colorful flavors, delightful scents and beautiful array colors.
Chinese Tea Mythology: Lung Ching – Dragonwell
Dragon Well gets its name from a Chinese village of the same name: “Lung Ching” or “Lungching.” In the year 250 AD, there was a drought that took hold of this little village.
Chinese Tea Mythology: Bai Hao – White Fur Silver Needle
This tea is made from the unopened and pre-blossomed buds of the tea leaves. They get their description from the silky white hairs above their bodies.
Chinese Tea Mythology: Tie Kuan Yin – Iron Goddess of Mercy (Part 2)
According to some legends, if you find good Ti Kuan Yin then you will gain the power to spit fire!
Chinese Tea Mythology: Tie Kuan Yin – Iron Goddess of Mercy
I had never heard of the tea called Iron Goddess of Mercy (or Guanyin/Kuanyin) until I was doing research on Chinese Tea Mythology. Just like Monkey Picked, there is a magical story tied to this tea.
Chinese Tea Mythology: Monkey Picked Tea (Part 2)
Upon further investigating, I found that there are other legends about the origin of the name “Monkey Picked.”
Chinese Tea Mythology: Monkey Picked Tea
I first came a crossed the Monkey Picked Tea while in search for good cream tea. I had never heard of it before but the name intrigued me as did the description of its fruity flavor. It is an oolong tea known for its orchid aroma. I was given a pot of this intriguing tea along with my scone, clotted cream and jam. I was immediately hooked but I had one nagging question: why was it called Monkey Picked Tea?