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.
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.
According to some legends, if you find good Ti Kuan Yin then you will gain the power to spit fire!
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.
Upon further investigating, I found that there are other legends about the origin of the name “Monkey Picked.”
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?