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Anxi and Other Fujian Oolongs

The Location

Oolongs from the Fujian province of China are divided into those from the Wuyi mountain region and all the rest. Anxi county boasts Tie Guan Yin, a roasted oolong with a rich, nutty flavor. But there are a number of others that are lesser known and a number of grades based on many years of experience in determining the best leaves and the best flavors.

Originally, Tie Guan Yin was from the Anxi, China. In early 20th century, Master Chang brought Ti Guan Yin tea bushes from China and planted them in the Muzha area, Taipei, Taiwan due to the extremely suitable environment. Ti Guan Yin tea trees blossomed in the Taipei environment. In addition, unique skills and tea production craft successfully spread throughout Taiwan for a century. To produce this unique Tie Guan Yin, first and foremost, the cultivar must be the unique Tie Guan Yin cultivar. Second, a special process is key to make this tea; this process includes skillful roasting after the final drying step. The roasting steps need to be performed repeatedly until the Tie Guan Yin is perfectly done. In the end, the tea will exhibit a very special acid-fruit taste in the tea liquor which is called “Iron Taste.”

With various roastings performed at different temperatures and at different stages during tea producing process, the overall tea quality reflects the very unique acid-fruit taste and lingering mellow finish undertone.  A master is responsible for producing this outstanding tea.

Tie Guan Yin Garden Introduction

About 1000-1200ft elevation, moderate temperature and rainfall in each season provides the tea trees a great environment to grow and blossom. Ideal soil conditions provide a very fertile resource.  In addition, gravel is used in between the tea trees in the tea garden. The Tie Guan Yin tea trees thrive in this environment.

The Taiwanese tea masters provide an extremely sophisticated skill to make this very amazing tea.  

Annual Production: Total harvest is 1500Kgs, Premium grade is around 120Kgs.

About the Oriental Beauty Tea Garden

Unique Natural Environment: Sunny and highly humid in the summer season. This typical type of subtropical sea-island climate provides a tea garden where on the lee side of the hill, it is an optimum environment. Abundant organic soils provide the tea trees very nutrient-rich environmental conditions resulting in better production and richness of the tea bud and tender leaves.

Annual Production: Total account is 1200Kgs, Premium grade is around 150Kgs.

The average official auction price for the 1st place of Oriental Beauty Tea in Taiwan (Only 20Kgs each year) was around $3,300.00 per kilogram.

Some Anxi county and nearby areas of Fujian Oolongs:

  • tea-blog-tv-tgy-4usea.jpgBai Ya Qi Lan (“White Sprout Rare Orchid”,  白芽奇, 白芽奇蘭) – In various grades such as Bai Ya Qi Lan Oolong traditional green style Superior Grade.
  • Ben Shan (“Source/Original Mountain”, 本山) – The leaves are elliptical-shaped and yellow/green. The liquid is orange colored with a lightly floral flavor.
  • Daping Mao Xie (Hairy Crab) - Green-tipped nuggets with fine downy hairs that produce a light tawny liquid with a rich flavor, creamy and satisfying.
  • Huang Jin Gui (“Golden Osmanthus”, 黄金桂, 黃金桂) –The leaves are curled and yellow green, and the liquid is golden yellow, mild, brisk, and a long aftertaste.
  • Tie Guan Yin / Ti Kwan Yin (“Iron Goddess of Mercy”, 铁观音, 鐵觀音) – Autumn Tie Guan Yins are much more sought after than Spring pickings. Has a number of grades such as Grade II, Superior Grade, traditional charcoal roast, and traditional charcoal roast Master Grade.
  • Yong Chun Fo Shou (永春佛手, 永春佛手) – Several grades such as: Yongchun Fo Shou (Bergamot) Oolong Superior Grade and Yongchun Fo Shou (Bergamot) Oolong Charcoal Roast.
  • Zhang Ping Shui Xian - Rare and the only oolong that is pressed. This tea has been made by five generations of tea masters, is only lightly oxidized, and is composed of large leaves and stems pressed in wooden molds into small squares about 18-19 grams in weight.

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

The following is presented for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

Research studies on the health benefits of Oolong tea (also referred to as oolong tea) reveal the liquid’s potential to reverse signs of aging, facilitate weight loss, and promote overall wellness. While all teas possess similar properties including caffeine, catechins, polyphenols, and teaflavin tearubigin that provide benefits to the human body, the quantities and percentages differ depending on the extent of oxidation during production. Therefore the health benefits of Oolong tea, which is semi-fermented, vary from those offered by green tea with its limited processing and black tea with its extensive oxidation process.

Some Research Studies

Weight Loss

  • Scientists from Japan's University of Tokushima School of Medicine found that people who regularly consumed oolong tea experienced more than twice the calorie-burning results compared to those who drank green tea.
  • A study published in the Journal of Medical Investigation found that women who consumed wu-long tea directly after a meal increased energy expenditure by 10%. This compared to an energy expenditure of 4% for green tea drinkers and 0 for water drinkers.
  • Researchers at the Suntory Research Center in Osaka, Japan found that drinking Oolong tea 15 minutes before eating foods high in carbohydrates curbed rises in insulin, thus reducing some of the fattening effects of carbohydrate intake.

Better Skin Condition

  • Researchers from Japan's Shiga University of Medical Science found that drinking Oolong each day helps to clear up skin problems within one month.
  • Dr. Kenichi Yanagimoto and colleagues from the University of California found that people who drank Oolong tea on a daily basis experienced a fifty-percent reduction in free radicals within 15 days. Free radicals are damaging substances in the body that contribute to signs of aging, including wrinkles and dark spots that are caused by ultra-violet rays, chemical food additives, pollution and stress.

Healthy Teeth

  • A study by the Department of Dentistry at Japan's Osaka University showed that regular consumption ofoolong tea strengthens teeth and helps prevent tooth decay by inhibiting the build-up of plaque.

Stronger Immune System

  • According to a study published in Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, test subjects who consumed Oolong were found to have stronger immune systems and a reduced risk for infections.

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