Tie Luo Han literally called Iron Arhat is a kind of Chinese oolong tea, produced in Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province. Tie Luo Han is also a kind of Yancha (Wuyi Rock tea) and is one of the Wuyi Ming Cong.
1. History of Tie Luo Han tea
Tie Luo Han tea was first created in 1782 (During the Qing Dynasty). It has been more than 200 years.
At that time, a tea merchant set up a tea shop to sell Wuyi Rock tea. One day, he found a tall tea tree growing on the cliff of Wuyi Mountain. The tea tree looks like an Iron Arhat in the mist.
Then he picked the tender leaves of the tea tree and processed them carefully. The finished tea was very fragrant and mellow, so he named it “Tie Luo Han”. Tie means “Iron” and Luo Han means “Arhat”.
Since the 1990s, the trees of Tie Luo Han has been expanded cultivation in Wuyi Mountain.
2. Characteristics of Tie Luo Han tea
The tea trees of Tie Luo Han grow among the rocks, so its composition and taste are different from other teas. This is also the unique characteristics of the Wuyi Rock tea.
The fresh tea leaves of Tie Luo Han are usually picked every spring and produced through more than 10 complex processes.
The finished Tie Luo Han is green-brown; the shape of it is thick and tight; the color of its tea soup is orange-yellow and bright. It has a strong and long-lasting fragrance like orchid, which is called “Yan Yun” (Yan Flavor). Yan means “rock”.
Some Tie Luo Han has herbal fragrance. If it is made from an old Tie Luo Han tea tree, it will have a fragrance similar to that of Dang Gui (Angelica).
3. Benefits of Tie Luo Han tea
Tie Luo Han contains many polyphenols, vitamins, mineral elements, amino acids, and other nutrients.
There are 25 kinds of amino acids in Tie Luo Han tea. As we all know, amino acids are essential nutrients for the human body. For example, glutamic acid can reduce blood ammonia and treat hepatic coma. Methionine can regulate fat metabolism.
The content of fluorine in Tie Luo Han tea is very high, which is much higher than that of other plants. Fluorine has obvious effects on preventing dental caries and preventing osteoporosis in the elderly.
There are also some minor active components in Tie Luo Han tea. Although their content is not high, they have unique efficacy. For example, the compound of several polysaccharides in Tie Luo Han tea can reduce blood sugar.
Here are the main benefits of Tie Luo Han tea:
- Protecting eyes
- Eliminating halitosis
- Promoting digestion
- Treating dental caries
- Treating osteoporosis
- Reduce blood sugar and blood pressure