Reviews

Adagio Teas White Monkey Tea

Country of Origin: China

Leaf Appearance: small, very curly with downy hairs
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold

Despite it’s name, this is actually a green tea. The dry leaves were super curly and there was a ton of silvery buds. The taste was very light and delicate, more similar to a white tea than most Chinese greens that I’ve experienced. It was vegetal and fresh tasting with a slight buttery note. The finish was somewhat dry but the lingering aftertaste was sweetly floral. This is the kind of tea I picture myself sipping for hours on a warm summer day. It would probably make an excellent iced tea as well. I was disheartened when reading the reviews of this tea on Adagio’s site because it seems that many of those folks were tea newbies who simply were not used to a tea this delicate. When I first started drinking loose leaf tea, I could barely taste white tea at all. It’s something that comes with time and I hope that they go back to this tea in the future because it will be an entirely different experience.

You can find out more about this tea here.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.