Tie Luo Han (铁罗汉, Tiě Luó Hàn) literally called Iron Arhat is a kind of Chinese oolong tea. It is native to the Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province. Tie Luo Han is also a kind of Wuyi rock tea and is one of the Wuyi Si Da Ming Cong.
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History of Tie Luo Han
Tie Luo Han has a history of more than 200 years.
In 1782, 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 have been expanded cultivation in Wuyi Mountain.
Characteristics of Tie Luo Han
The tea trees of Tie Luo Han grow among the rocks, so Tie Luo Han’s taste is different from other teas. This is also the unique characteristic of Wuyi rock tea.
The picking time of Tie Luo Han is every spring. The finished Tie Luo Han is black-brown. Its shape is thick and tight. The color of its tea liquid 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 a herbal fragrance. If it is made from an old Tie Luo Han tea tree, it will have a fragrance similar to that of Angelica sinensis.
Benefits of Tie Luo Han
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. 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. Although their content is not high, they have unique efficacy. For example, the compound of several polysaccharides in Tie Luo Han tea can lower blood sugar.
Benefits of Tie Luo Han tea:
- Help digestion
- Improve eyesight
- Eliminate halitosis
- Treat dental caries
- Treat osteoporosis
- Lower blood sugar
- Lower blood pressure