Teavivre’s Anxi Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong | Steepster

I’m really excited to get a chance to try a set of five teas from Teavivre, who specialize in high quality teas from China.

I’ll admit that, shamefully, Chinese teas are an area that I still need to do a lot of research on; so this opportunity was a great place to start.

The first tea I’m covering is their Anxi Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin, an impressive-looking pure oolong from Anxi, Fujian province.

The leaves are expertly curled and bloom almost perfectly when brewed – something I wasn’t quite expecting! It has a floral-leaning flavor and wonderful aroma. Made at the right temp, there’s no bitterness to be had.

Now floral isnt’ my favorite of flavors for tea, but this was still an enjoyable experience for me. The tea brewed a lovely pale greenish-yellow and is smooth going down. I tried it with candied ginger and found the sweetness doesn’t blend well with the natural taste of the tea, so it’s best enjoyed with no additives.

As leaves bloom pretty much to full size, ideal wares would be a steeping pot or steeper to allow the maximum room.

Suggested Steeping Instructions: 1tsp/cup | 212°F/100°C | 1-2 minutes