Friday, July 27, 2012

Teas Etc White Monkey

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: silver tips mixed with darker leaves, curled shape
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: gold

The first thing that that I noticed about this tea was the leaves. It almost resembled a white peony except the silver tips were curled in delicate spirals. I have a penchant for playing with my leaves and these were fascinating. The taste was sweet and vegetal with floral notes but there was a round, earthiness that I've never experienced in a white tea before. It's rare that I describe a tea as delicious but that is what this one was. I just couldn't get enough of it. This tea was very unique in that it wasn't quite like silver needle and it wasn't quite a white peony. It was a whole other monkey! The leaves had staying power too. I was able to get two good steepings and one that was a somewhat less strong, but still delicious pot of tea. If you are a fan of white tea then I definitely suggest you give this one a try.

You can find this tea here.


  1. I recently reviewed this same tea (actually mine was from Zenjala Tea Company - but pretty certain it is the same tea) my view of this was pretty close to what you wrote. Unique and very good tea. Great review!

  2. Thanks for the comment! I will be sure to check out your review :)

  3. The leaf of this tea certainly does look interesting and beautiful. I love the mixture of the yellowish leaves in the mostly-silvery mix. For some reason, I tend to get more excited about tea leaves when they have a slightly heterogeneous appearance, which may reflect my experience that teas with this sort of mixed appearance tend to taste more complex and interesting to me.


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