Iron Monk

Tie Luo Han - Iron Arhat

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    Lots of wood up front, with fruit underneath. Beautifully balanced.

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    A smoky, charcoal creamy tea. With fresh mouth feeling with cherry.

    Recommends this tea
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    Beach pebbles, leather bound books bitterness with a back of mouth sweetness. Sage.

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    Smooth and full flavor, you can smell the aromatics of burnt chocolate and cherry. Had a full smooth, dark chocolate taste mixed with cherry taste.

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    It reminds me of cranberry chocolate.

Iron Monk or Tie Luo Han is one of the famous 'Si Da Mincong Yancha' teas from Wuyi mountain. These are the four famous tea varieties from Wuyi (although there are many more excellent varieties). The other varieties are Shui Jin Gui (Golden Turtle), Bai Ji Guan (White Crest or White Cockscomb) and Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe).

These are the big ticket Rock Oolongs from Wuyi and as such they command higher prices. Sometimes these prices are justified but often you pay for the name and the good stuff gets sold in China. NOT IN THIS CASE!

We have managed to source a small quantity of fabulous Zhengyan Tie Luo Han with a rich and deep flavour. Zhengyan is the famous rocky area with volcanic soil where the highest quality Wuyi Rock Oolongs grow.

Origin Story for Tie Luo Han

A warrior monk with bronze skin discovered Tie Luo Han growing in a cave called Ghost Cave in Wuyi. Since the monk had such tanned skin the tea was called Iron Monk or Iron Arhat or Iron Warrior Monk.

Tie Luo Han Wuyi Rock Chinese Oolong Tea


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Amountg per 100ml 1st Infusionseconds + Infusionsseconds Number of
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