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Wuyi Yancha Tieluohan 武夷岩茶鐵羅漢
Wuyi Yancha Tieluohan 武夷岩茶鐵羅漢
Wuyi Yancha Tieluohan 武夷岩茶鐵羅漢

Wuyi Yancha Tieluohan 武夷岩茶鐵羅漢

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ORIGIN Wuyishan National Reserve, Fujian


We are very proud to offer a wide range of exclusive yanchas in our webshop. This Tie Luo Han 2019 is for the tea drinker that likes depth and energy in a brew. This is a Zhengyan Cha, a 'Real Rock Tea', which means that it is grown within the Wuyishan national park.

While many of the yancha you see in the market nowadays have high floral notes because of high demand for such teas in the market, Tie Luo Han is less about aroma and more about body feeling. In China they say that this tea doesn't go up, but down. It gives you a warming comforting feeling while you feel the energy spreading in your body. With a smooth body of the tea and a complexe minerality in the taste, this is one of our absolute favourites.

What is Yancha?

A yancha is an oolong, a semi-oxidized tea. Yancha is on the heavier sides of the oolong spectrum. It has dark, roasted leaves and the taste is heavier than what you're used to in lightly oxidized teas such as green Taiwanese oolong. Although this sounds like yancha is a tea for the heavy coffee-drinking tongue, the opposite is true. Yancha can be incredibly subtle, smooth, with sweet tones and a complexity that will keep you satisfied 8-10 brews long.

Yancha literally means ‘Rock tea’ or 'Cliff tea'. This is because of the area yancha grows in. Yancha originates from the Wuyishan area, a beautiful nature area in Fujian. The area is so diverse that you can still escape the tourist crowds, following the tracks swirling through all the valleys, in between waterfalls, giant rocks, caves, gorges, cliffs, and tea trees. It’s a place where poets and writers went to for their inspiration back in the days and still, and where monks meditated. It’s one of these scrolls you see, but then in real life. Absolutely stunning.

The unique environment it grows in makes yancha so special. There are no massive fields of tea. It’s a few trees here, a few there, tucked in between rocks, in valleys, everywhere you look. The high rock cliffs play the biggest part in making yancha so special. They catch the morning mist and make sure the trees are always moist. They protect the tea trees from too much sunshine (only softer morning and evening sunlight will reach the trees) and wind. The rocks absorb sunlight during the day, and release the warmth during the night, making sure the temperature in the valley stays stable even in the night.

After picking, Yancha goes through an extensive process. One of the most important features of the tea is the roast. Yancha is fired/baked two, three or four times over charcoal over the period of four months. After that the tea is available for sale, but often it is advised to let it rest for another six months to let the charcoal fire settle into the tea.