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.

3 comments:

  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!

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

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  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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