drank Monkey Chief by tea-adventure
59 tasting notes

Originally I bought this (type of) tea from a local shop. I wasn’t too impressed with it back then. Some time ago I saw the tin sitting in the back of my cupboard and decided to revisite. Since then I drank nearly the whole tin. On second try I do like this tea. After that I discovered a sample of this tea in my little green tea adventure from Tea-adventure. As I’m considering restocking and I. That case generally prefer Tea-adventure due to the favorable shipping conditions I decided to try this sample today.

Normally I go for a 3-minute soak. Today however I decided to stick to Tea-A’s recommendation. The result is a color wise full bodied tea (really yellow green) and taste wise soft, rounded taste with a sweetish tone reminiscent of white teas without the hay-ish overtures. Maybe a bit of green asparagus and butter?

Anyway, on second thought a really good tea and one I just might be reordering.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 275 ML

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What to say about myself and my tea drinking habits? I’ve been staring at the screen, reading other’s bio’s and still can’t come up with something worthwile. I’ll just stick to the basics.

I generally prefer white, green and oolong teas to black teas. As I read a scientific report that stated that black teas lower the level of stress hormones in the blood, I try to add a few cups of black tea every day.

Overall I prefer black teas to be flavoured. The white, green and oolongs may be flavoured or straight.

I brew my teas per cup, mostly in my – much loved – Kati mug with Cha Cult strainer. I’m rather a stickler for brewing time and temperature, so I use a tea timer and watercooker with temperature indication.

I also love a good cup of coffee and especially cappuchino. As far as I’m concerned, a good cappuchino requires a real milk/foam topping, not something made with skimmed milk, powder or the like. Unfortunately a lot of cafes still haven’t caught on to that one and serve low quality coffee and tea (type vending machine and bagged fannings). I hate it when, on a cold winter day, the choice is restricted to bad coffee, bagged fannings or a cold softdrink… :-(

As for rating teas, I more or less make the following distinction:

Nothing is perfect. Probably won’t be using it ever.

98 – 99:
Nearly too good to be true.

90 – 97:

80 – 89:

70 – 79:
Good. May rebuy depending on price and availability.

60 – 69:
Ok I’ll finish the cup and maybe even have a second, but probably won’t finish the entire package as I have other – (far) better teas in my cupboard.


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