Tielohan is a classic rock tea from Wuyi Mountain in Fujian China. Thick and rich, this delicious tea has a solid and sinking energy that supports winter stillness. It may be a coincidence; that doesn’t make it less resonant—Teilohan translates as iron Arhat. The Arhat is the buddhist figure that sits still endlessly. The aromas of this tea are far from drab, though. Winter doesn’t have to be bleak. Stillness can be quite beautiful. The sweetness of this tea and the surprising aromas make it a treat to drink, unfolding steep to steep.
Often times, these hefty traditionally roasted rock teas are challenging to brew well and enjoy, not so with this tea which is quite smooth and elegant for how rich and gritty it is. The traditional low heat long hours of charcoal roasting are what draw out the subtle aromas, and intertwine them so cleanly with the bones of the tea. This one was roasted four times. The stock of the tea trees themselves, and the gardens they grow in was what gives us the yanyun or rock charm that these Wuyi oolongs are renowned for. That charm is the volcanic soil coming into your tea time and lingering with you. It evokes a different kind of landscape, gritty rock.