Anxi Oolong Hairy Crab
About Anxi Oolong Hairy Crab:
An uncommon, low-production, specialty tea from the village of Da Ping, Anxi County, in the Fujian Province of China. Also know as Mao Xie, this is a refreshing low-oxidized oolong, sometimes referred to as a “jade” oolong since it’s closer to a green tea. It is a full leaf that is rolled, and will unfurl after a few infusions, that produces a pale golden liquor. The light aroma is very fresh vegetal, and crisp floral with a citrus / melon character. Tasting notes included savory like buttered greens, some fruity pear, hint of cinnamon spice, and slight floral/vanilla note.
The unusual and distinctive name of Hairy Crab (毛蟹) has a simple origin from the shape of the rolled leaf, and the fact that there are tiny silver hairs on the underside of the leaves of Mao Xie tea bushes. Someone at some point made the connection that some crabs also have some tiny hairs on their shells.
Anxi County in Fujian, China
- Sample Pouch: 2-4 Cups
- 2 Ounce: 20-25 Cups
- 8 Ounce Bulk Pouch: 80-100 Cups
Suggested Steeping Instructions:
- Add 1 teaspoon tea per 6 oz. cup to your infuser / pot.
- Pour near-boiling water over tea (190°F).
- Steep for 2-4 minutes.
- Remove tea leaves & enjoy.
- Re-steep as desired.
My GF got a sample of this initially through a work event, and after trying it and loving it we ordered a full pack of it. Needless to say we drink it almost daily at this point!
It's a different and slightly more refreshing oolong tea. If you think oolong usually has more of a "burnt" or bitter taste, try this.
Get your water boiling and let it sit for about 2 mins or just heat it to 195 degrees if you have an electric keytle, add enough honey to your liking, and let it steep based on directed time and it comes out aromatic and great :)