Review: ThepuriTea White Monkey

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Its OK"I found this to be a nice leaf for summer sipping: the cup is simple, light and smooth. The citrus finish makes it particularly refreshing. "
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Hand-plucked and processed on the slopes of the famous Taimu Mountains of Fujian, China, this rather rare green tea gets its name from the abundance of silvery buds present. The leaves come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from full and lightly twisted to bits of dust. As promised, they feature an attractive blend of dark olive and silver hues. Even more exciting is their scent; it closely resembles a mix of dry grass slathered in clover honey. Yum!

This tea requires a light touch, so I infused a heaping teaspoonful in 8 ounces of water heated to 180 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes. The gold coloured liquor is scented with a faint hay and honey aroma. Maybe it's all in the name, but I found this tea's profile to be similar to a white tea's: smooth, subtle and spry. The top notes are gently grassy and a little dry. These are simple but well developed. The finish displays soft and sweet citrus zest notes. The end results feel rather straightforward but quite refreshing.

I infused the leaves a second time for 3 minutes. The cup is much less satisfying this time around, being rather bland. Other than displaying vaguely woody and grassy notes, there's not much to it. The most pleasant aspects of the first brew have completely disappeared. On the upside however, the results are not bitter or harsh in any way.

I'm not sure I agree with puriTea's description of the flavour profile but I found this to be a nice leaf for summer sipping: the cup is simple, light and smooth. The citrus finish makes it particularly refreshing. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this myself but it seems to be a solid and easy drinking offering for those looking for a mild and straightforward green tea.

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One Response to “Review: ThepuriTea White Monkey”

  1. James Kennedy Says:

    Interesting tea. You might like 安吉白茶 (a very delicate green tea like this one despite the name) or 白毫银针 (silvery needles).

    Thank you for posting :)

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