Welcome to Long Juan. Long Juan is a Tie Guan Yin producing township two hours east of Anxi, Fujian. While it is not as famous as Gande, the Tie Guan Yin oolong tea produced there is still highly respected and, from my now personal tasting, produces a bolder flavor.
I went to Long Juan in the Autumn of 2017 for Tie Guan Yin’s Autumn Harvest. Tie Guan Yin is very unique as it is the only Chinese tea that has an Autumn harvest that sells for just as high of a price as the spring. In fact, due to the drier air in Autumn, the Tie Guan Yin made in Autumn is suppose to have a taller aroma.
I was there in the beginning of the season, so much of the leaves weren’t ready to be picked yet. My host showed me to a field where two farmers were picking by hand. As the season continues and more leaves sprout, more hands will be needed to pick and maybe even machines.
After the fields we walked around the mountain village in Long Juan. About half of the households were making tea and it was easy to spot in and film because in such a small village everyone knew everyone. The tea production in these house holds were very small, usually one or room rooms with only two or three machines dedicated to it. In the lower part of Long Juan, where there is more physical space for buildings, I saw a much bigger factory which you can see in my last video.