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Royal Tea Bay Co. Ltd.

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Wow. This is a lovely cup, and it strongly reminds me of something Butiki-ish, but for the life of me can’t place. Think gorgeous, tiny curled green tea (the picture doesn’t do it justice) with a strong apricot/peach aroma, and then the flavor is — full, nutty, apricot/peach, thick, granular (almost chewy?), lush, summer-like. If chestnuts tasted like delicate peaches or apricots, this would be a similar flavor… or at least feel. An excellent straight green, and one I’m happy to drink often.

Grabbed this directly from Royal Tea Bay on AliExpress (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/320709), and it was a quick and pleasant experience, with excellent packaging. I highly recommend them.


Flavors: Apricot, Chestnut

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Thanks for the link. Excellent shipping and price of that tea too.


Agreed! They marked it as a gift too, so I paid $0 to get it here.


That’s an extra bonus! I look forward to reading more of your reviews from this company. I’ve been checking out their website. Some really interesting teas.

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Thank you DigniTea for a sample of this! Sticky rice pu-erh is one of my favorite types of pu-erhs! I was able to try a similar pu-erh once before and I’ve been wishing I have it in stock. Now that I think of it, which flavors wouldn’t go well with pu-erh?

Steep #1 // 3 min after boiling // 2 min
A deep dark cup, of course, it’s a ripened pu-erh. This really seems like a pu-erh for those new to pu-erh or think they really don’t like them. The flavor isn’t distinctively pu-erh – it’s deep like a cup of coffee but it doesn’t have those pu-erh flavors that seem to scare people away. I love the sticky rice flavor, but it seemed this flavor was much stronger in the other pu-erh I tried. It’s a lovely flavor though – sweet, roasty rice. It must be the flavor I was craving today since I also made a microwave rice krispie treat with a marshmallow and rice krispies in a bowl. Hey, it ain’t gourmet but good enough!

Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 min
The rice fragrance is just floating through the room! So good! This cup is deeper as the leaves unravel. I really love this tea.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
These cups could keep going with the same flavor quality. Delicious. Exactly the same as the last cup. The rating would be higher if the rice flavor were higher, but it does stay consistent through all steeps. If I had a list of only 20 teas to fill my cupboard one day (currently it’s a mess of samples), I think a sticky rice pu-erh would be a necessity.


Wow. Sticky rice pu-erh… the idea is melting my mind. Now I must try some. :)

Sami Kelsh

Agreed with MissB. What an incredible flavour combo!


Glad you enjoyed this one. Hope you feel daring one day and also try the raw sticky rice.

Tea Sipper

DigniTea – Of course I will try it! Eventually… :D

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Got this one out after almost forgetting about it. The tuo is tight on the outer layer but breaks easily after working the pick around. 11 grams in the Gaiwan with a 10 second rinse. the wet leaf has some smoke aroma to it. The taste is an almost pine and wood smoke with the little touch of numb that the camphor gives. It is no where as smoky as the wet leaf would suggest. It gives some drying and an almost salty after taste to it.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I have several different puer mini tuos which I like to keep on hand for convenience. When you don’t want to work on picking apart a larger cake, these are handy to have around. This particular mini is one of my favorites because it never fails to taste sweet and fresh. I’ve been sitting at the dining room table working on a project all afternoon and this little one has been my loyal companion – six steeps so far.

The scent of the dry leaf makes your mouth water – like a sweet flavored rice cake or a nice kettle corn. Steeping produces a clear bright liquor which is pale yellow-green in color. The sip is a delicious nutty rice flavor. Very sweet on the tongue and mouth. By the way, this one works nicely as a meal accompaniment.


Yum! This sounds good. I have tried a few sticky rice tuochas and have never been disappointed. i need to add this to my list.


It’s one I always enjoy. In fact, I’m down to my last two and I’ll need to reorder very soon. Here’s the link:
There’s also a ripe tuo but I prefer the raw for this one.


Good seller on this also. I have gotten a lot from them.


Yes, a good seller. Always done well by me!

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I’ve been experimenting with this new tea. I think I’ve finally settled on 1T in 8oz for 3m 45s. The flavor falls somewhere between Laoshan Black and Wild Mountain Black. I’ve grown quite fond of it. I can count on two delicious steeps but the third one is a bit too weak for my taste.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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I have had this tea a few times now and each time it has been consistently mild and smooth. Very light for a ripe Pu Erh indeed. It has elements of soil, musk, sweet wood and clay.

I fear that this is perhaps too mild for my personal taste, even after upping the dosage of Pu Erh I use in my Yixing doesn’t work. :(

If anyone likes soft Pu Erh then let me know and I will send some your way.


Sounds like something for the EuroBox. =)


I might just do that with the hope someone else likes it. I really have tried my best to enjoy it but I’ve always been a strong tea kinda gal. The brick was 250g so I have plenty to share around.

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Just quick notes for now. Had a few pots of this tea and I’m just not loving it as much as Dragon Tea Houses Bi Luo Chun. This version is much weaker and less astringent than I was expecting. That may suit some people but I liked having a green tea with a large kick, felt like I was drinking rocket fuel. This is just sooo mild though in comparison, not sure if it’s just regional or quality change but so far this is not something I would buy again.

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This tea is just plain fun! I enjoy tea – all types (with only a few exceptions). However, when there is a special fun factor involved, I enjoy it even more. This Monkey King is just such a tea.

I had heard about Monkey King from a former Chinese exchange student in one of the courses I taught a few years ago. He said that I would definitely enjoy it. I never forgot that recommendation and I’ve been on the lookout for the tea.

I recently placed an order through an eBay tea shop based in Shenzhen (Royal Tea Bay). By the way, I would recommend this direct source for tea from China – shipping cost is included in their tea prices and my order arrived at my front door just 7 days after placing it online. I was delighted to discover that they had a new Spring 2013 harvest of Tai Ping Hou Kui (Monkey King Green Tea) and I had to order it. My order arrived late yesterday and I was quite excited to try it early this morning.

I am in love with this tea – the whole experience! First of all, be prepared to be blown away by the size of the leaf - 4" to 4.25". Beautiful thin, whole, flat leaves with lovely shades of green coloring in each. They are very delicate and paper thin like tissue paper. The aroma of the dry leaf is slight but pleasant.

The recommendation for brewing this tea is to use a clear glass with 175 – 180 degree water. I decided to try it in my 16oz Chinese glass tumbler with filter for drinking. I was unsure of the leaf amount so I started with 22 long leaves added after pouring the heated water. It was a pleasure to watch these tall soldiers stand at full attention in the water. The tea aroma was vegetal and sweet and was a very pale yellowish-green color. The flavor is sweet with clear vegetal overtones and I was able to detect a little citrus.

As I finished half of the liquid in the glass tumbler, I added more hot water. This continued over a three hour period using the original 22 leaves, adding more and more water, and it was only at the very end that I detected a slight astringency.

This tea is fantastic and this was a wonderful tea experience. I’ll definitely reorder. Teavivre has a Spring 2013 Tai Ping Hou Kui Green and that will probably be my next Monkey King tasting.

175 °F / 79 °C

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Ordered off ebay directly from China, from a new-ish seller, cctvsystem11. {item 170862017232} Paid 9/29 and received 10/12/12 {13 days}.

This is a delicate green, I don’t own a lot of greens because I tend to overcook them. I followed Cindy’s instructions to " brew the green tea with 80℃ / 175F water and a short infuse time" So I used the gaiwan, which is also something I don’t do often, but hey, that’s what having a ton of tea and a ton of tea implements is for, right? turn of a new season and I want a new flavor and method. That’s reason enough. And it tastes like I got it right this time. I only steeped about a minute and a half, and got a lovely dark brew which I then strained into a cup and further diluted with the hot water. Ha. Maybe I have this ‘guywan thing’ figured out? This worked out so easy this time.

I get the usual vegetable taste from greens, but this one is very light. I could dilute it further, but no need, without the astringency, I can enjoy this ‘thicker’ and it’s apropriate to this evening in so many ways. Everything outside is wet, like it hasn’t been in months. We got our first rain after a parched summer, and it was a gentle warm rain, that smells so good. Good tea, Good technique, Good Rain, Husband is off the next few days so I also get Good company. It’s a lovely evening.

I let husband, the coffee drinker, try this and he gave a snort of approval and inquired politely about it. I’m working on him… he likes this one.

Second steep more mellow than the first but still the beautiful golden color. Like Maple leaves. Third steep and I didn’t even leave it for a minute, it gave the nice golden color so quickly, much smoother less vegetable flavor now, the best cup yet. Boy this is looking like a VERY economical tea.

One other note, I cannot recommend this seller. I ordered 50g of this tea, and 50g of ginseng oolong, but received 100g of this tea. Contacted cctvsystem2011 {Cindy} and made a deal to pay an additional $5 for the missing tea and she volunteered to include a puerh sample to make up for it. I finally received the ginseng oolong 32 days later without any puerh included. So I got what I paid for, after a hassle, but not what she promised.

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