This Chinese style green tea from the Fujian province of China demonstrates how diverse green teas can be. While this tea could easily be a white tea with the high number of trichomes (or hairs) present on the tips, it has been slightly oxidized and releases a beautiful delicate green flavor. Chinese style green tea production often includes lightly pan-frying the leaves, thus allowing for a sweet chestnut taste to emerge.
We believe that White Monkey is one of our top Chinese green teas. It offers a delicate flavor with subtle layers. Its sweetness allows us to enjoy this tea all year round, even during the heat of summer. Often in China a tea's appearance matters as much as its taste, and White Monkey again delivers. Gently curled leaves indicate a careful rolling process that opens the leaves' flavor, while not being too harsh.
We would urge that boiling water should not be used on green teas, which will "burn" the leaves and create a more bitter brew. Instead, allow for the water to cool for a few minutes. This will help to ensure a sweet, tasty flavor.
Leaf Type: Green
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Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 level teaspoon per 8 ounces
Water Temp: 175°F
Steep Time: 2 - 3 minutes
*Single Origin Teas did not provide steeping instructions with this tea, so I have listed the time and temperature I used for this review.
It's time for something a little bit different here on Tuesday Tea. In anticipation of The Midwest Tea Festival coming up in June we'll be taking a look at some of the teas the attending vendors have to offer. Up first is White Monkey from Single Origin Teas. I've had the pleasure of sampling their teas before, so feel free to check out my previous review of their Organic Bancha.
It took me a few cups to find the perfect way to steep this tea. Single Origin Teas does not provide instructions on their website (other than to say not to use boiling water,) but once found my preferred time and temperature— all I can say is wow. The flavor is mellow, slightly sweet, and almost nutty; but what really stands out is the texture. This tea is exceptionally smooth and almost buttery when you hold it on your tongue. It feels almost as luxurious as the silk sheets I've been lusting over the past few years. Since tea is much more affordable than silk sheets, I think I'll pick up some more of this while I'm in Kansas City. It will be perfect to enjoy during the hot days of summer.
My Rating: 95/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This is exactly what I would choose for an every day tea.
I am in no way affiliated with The Midwest Tea Festival, it's just a really cool event I'd like to see succeed. Upon my request I have been provided with a press pass for the event, admission for one guest, and samples from several of the vendors.