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Received my HUGE sample today! Lapsang Zhivago. Thanks so much!
Received my sample today! Love the smell my new Super Fancy Formosa!
SO i forgot that i signed up for this one and got home to a Surprise!! I got Panda Pearls and I CANT WAIT to try them!! Thanks so much Pekko!!! your card is now has a permanent spot on my tea bored for ordering!
I received a sample of Keemun Panda today. Not sure what I think of the nose as of yet. Will give it a try soon.
I did this the first go round and never received teas. I would love to try your tea. Maybe even purchase some.
Joined up, I’d also love to try out these teas, always hunting for good decaf tea.
Mine came today, thank you so much…the tea is perfect for me!
Received mine today – 100 Monkeys! Love the name and the story is even better – check it out:
Many of the specialty teas grown and produced in China are associated with folklore and legend. 100 Monkeys, a rare White Mao
Feng tea from Hunan is no exception. In certain villages of that province, a pot of this tea is purported to ward off evil spirits. This
belief stems from a centuries old tale that centers on an old tea grower and his wife who worked a small plot of land high in the hills.
So the story goes, the couple was being terrorized by a renegade band of monkeys. Time and again, they woke up to discover that the
night’s flush of new tea shoots had been pulled apart by the nimble thieves. They tried everything to stop the monkeys, from covering
the crop with netting, to buying two large dogs to scare the group away. Nothing seemed to work.
In desperation the husband decided that he would have to travel over the mountains to a remote cave where it was rumored that a
shaman lived whom he could ask for help. The man packed his bag and set off. Upon reaching the cave, he explained his problem to
the holy man. The holy man told him that he should go away and come back in 3 days for the solution to his dilemma. 3 days later
the man returned and was given a recipe for a new type of tea written on a parchment. The holy man explained that since the
monkeys always came looking for tea, if he gave them 100 pounds of this produced tea they would depart and never return. The
grower thanked the holy man and set off for home. On the way he studied the new recipe, which was very complex. The tea was a
variety of Mao Feng, which in English means white downy tips, (“mao” means white down and “feng” means tips.) The production
method involved 11 steps – 4 stages of frying, 3 stages of kneading, followed by 4 stages of baking – it was worth a shot. The man
and his wife spent the next week producing the new tea. Once they had 100 pounds, they left it out in a wooden chest near their tea
patch. That night as usual they heard the monkeys descend on the farm, shrieking, and pounding the earth. The next morning, they
rushed outside to find that the chest was empty. The monkeys had taken the tea, and as the legend goes, never returned again.
Whether or not you believe this ancient tale there is one thing you can be sure of – this is a spectacular Chinese tea. Somewhat
stronger than many other white teas – you don’t think a light tea would ward off evil spirits or monkeys do you? – 100 Monkeys
produces a profoundly complex cup. The leaves can be brewed a number of times and with each infusion subtle changes to the cup
can be detected. This is truly one tea that you will wish to appreciate over and over – whether you’ve got a monkey to get off your
back or not!
I’m going to make a pot tonight so I can review it….very excited!!!
Have you tried it yet? I got 100 Monkeys too, and it tasted kinda weird (see my review) but maybe mine just absorbed flavors from something :P