What Is Hairy Crab (Mao Xie) Tea

Hairy Crab tea also known as Mao Xie tea is a kind of Chinese oolong tea, produced in Anxi County of Fujian Province, where is also the hometown of Tieguanyin tea.

Because there are small hairs under the fresh tea leaves, it is called Hairy Crab tea. And it is easy to cultivate, so its yield is high.

Hairy Crab tea is one of the four famous oolong teas in Anxi County and it is very similar to Tieguanyin tea in appearance.

1. History of Hairy Crab tea

According to the tea book written by Fujian Academy of Agriculture Sciences, Hairy Crab tea was first cultivated in 1907. It said that in 1907, a person went out to buy cloth and passed by a village.

He heard that there was a kind of tea that grew very fast and could be picked two years later. Then he brought back more than 100 plants and cultivated them in his tea garden. This kind of tea tree is Hairy Crab tea.

Because of its high yield and good quality, Hairy Crab tea spread around very fast. After a hundred years of development, it has become a famous oolong tea.

2. Characteristics of Hairy Crab tea

The adaptability of Hairy Crab tea is wide and the growth period of one year is 8 months. Its germination ability is strong and its buds are dense and neat, so there can be picked many times.

Hairy Crab tea grows in the mountain area with an altitude of about 1,200 meters. It is surrounded by clouds all the year round and the valley is rich in vapor. In addition, the unique acid soil of the mountain makes Hairy Crab tea has a strong taste and fragrance.

Unlike most other teas, the shape of the dried Hairy Crab tea is granular and tight and its color is green with yellow, which is similar to that of Tieguanyin tea, but Tieguanyin’s color is brighter.

After brewing, the tea soup of Hairy Crab tea is bright and light yellow has a strong fragrance similar to that of jasmine, Tieguanyin tea similar to the orchid.

Hairy Crab tea tastes strong and mellow and has a sweet aftertaste.

Many years ago, Hairy Crab tea was exported to Japan as a high-end tea, and then to Sweden. So far, it has been exported to more countries.

Many people like Hairy Crab tea just because of its distinctive jasmine fragrance and endless aftertaste. It can be said that Hairy Crab tea is a kind of superior tea that is worth tasting carefully and savoring quietly.

3. Health benefits of Hairy Crab tea

Hairy Crab tea has many same benefits as other oolong tea. Here are the main benefits of Hairy Crab tea: