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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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From Little Red Cup Tea Co.

Little Red Cup Tea’s organic White Monkey Tea is a terrific mountain-grown tea from western Hunan Province. Despite its name, White Monkey Tea is, in fact, a green tea — a function of processing — but when steeped, the tightly rolled leaves unfurl yielding a lovely golden brew more akin to white tea than anything else. It is made from the earliest leaves, still covered with downy white hairs for which the tea is named.

White Monkey Tea may be easily steeped to suit individual preferences — a bit less tea and cooler water produces a delicate gold tinged brew, while a little more tea and a longer brewing time will result in a much stronger beverage.

Our White Monkey tea is pure whole leaf organic Chinese tea, Fair Trade certified and utterly delicious. A handy tea to have on hand for the green tea enthusiasts and a variety that even the casual tea drinker will enjoy.

White Monkey tea should be brewed with water heated to between 170° and 185°F. We like to use filtered water, but many prefer to use spring water. The leaves, used in a cup or small tea pot, may be reused several time.

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We're a family-owned Maine company dedicated to importing traditional high quality Chinese tea. Our teas are organic, Fair Trade, whole leaf, and always delicious. Little Red Cup tea is a revelation, if not a revolution.

28 Tasting Notes

1571 tasting notes

Not sure this qualifies as a Cheapster Steepster but it is affordably priced and it is a sip down. After the lemon green tea nastied up my taste buds I needed something to put me back in my tea happy place. This may be my last caffeine for the day and I botched it. The kettle took off and left me, running the temp up to 200 F. I should have waited. I should have. I didn’t. So this is kind of, OK not kind of, it is way off from what it should be. Feeling like an amateur about now. Time to switch to Candy Cane Lane – I probably can’t ruin that one.

This one is normally very good and I do recommend it just don’t cook it. Arrggh!

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1781 tasting notes

I was actually craving a white tea after the strong Nina’s Paris tea I had before it. This isn’t white, it’s green tea. But it seems like a white tea. And if I’m actually CRAVING a white tea, I might as well go all out with the dreaded fuzzies! My least favorite type of tea! I was eager to try this one anyway, regardless of fuzzies. It seemed very unique. Thanks for the sample, Little Red Cup! I used probably a tablespoon of leaves!

Steep #1 // waited a WHILE after boiling // 3 min
I wanted to steep this two minutes, but it went over. The flavor is exactly what I was hoping anyway. It’s like creamed corn!! Very creamy and sweet. Exactly exactly what I was hoping for! It certainly is unique. Personally, I haven’t had a tea that tasted like this before, so I’m not sure how I wanted it to taste like this. The steep color is a pale yellow. It’s just very good!

Steep #2 // waited a while after boiling // 3 min
This cup is exactly the same as the first. So so good! But it seems like all Steepsterers get different flavors from this one. I will savor the rest of my sample! I’m very happy I picked this one. I could see stocking up on this for this flavor profile once in a while. Easily craveable!


I liked this one too :)

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1136 tasting notes

This was quite a fun, complex, and tasty unflavored green tea that is quite different than your standard green teas.

Totally had some battles about what this tea is. Technically, it’s a green as it is processed as green tea. It kind of looks like a white, slightly tastes like a white with hay and floral notes. Though, White Monkey has some green tea qualities like buttery vegetal corn. This tea also reminds me of a silver bud raw pu’er with its similarities to white tea and good resteep ability, though White Monkey tastes more fresh.

A great tea for a seasoned tea lover to explore, but also White Monkey is a nice, light tea for a new tea drinker to try.

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-monkey-tea-little-red-cup-tea-co-oolong-owl-tea-review/

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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1449 tasting notes

Wow. This is a green?! I just assumed white, based on the name, appearance and taste. I’d love to see how they processed this one.
Reminds me of silver needle. Light, bright, and just slightly malty, and floral. The same crispness I saw in the Assam is there as well.
Thank you for the sample Little Red Cup Tea Company!! Colour me impressed.

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6485 tasting notes

Farewell tea! I had a wonderful time with this one. The sort of green tea that i can get behind. I’m sad that Little Red Cup wasn’t able to keep sourcing the black tea that i loved, but they have some great teas and excellent service. Their new tins are also really cute. :)

Terri HarpLady

Their Wuyuan Black was pretty tasty :)



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464 tasting notes

Ack! Steepster ate my note!

Thanks, Little Red Cup Tea Company for this!

This tea is light and bright and just like the description says, it tastes very much like a white tea. It starts out with creamy asparagus. It was almost buttery. There are some orchid-like floral notes that deepen the flavor. The aftertaste is very sweet! It reminded me of fresh lettuce. I’m on my second steep and there’s not a hint of the dreaded dry-mouth.

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4833 tasting notes


A really LOVELY tea from Little Red Cup … I’ve tried a few of their teas, and some I liked better than others, I think that this one might be my favorite of the ones that I’ve tried.

Soft and silky, like a fine consomme. It seems to float over the palate.

A gentle green tea flavor, delicate, vegetative and floral.

Here’s my full-length review: http://steepster.com/teas/little-red-cup-tea-company/40092-white-monkey

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1111 tasting notes

Well this is interesting. It has a creamy straw/hay flavor like a white tea, with a hint of green vegetal flavor, and a slight maltyness like a black tea. Also a hint of floral aroma. It is good, but hard to describe! Smooth and mellow and somewhat sweet.

Thank you Little Red Cup for providing me a sample of this unique tea for review! :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Mmmmmmm I’ll have to try mine soon!

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2088 tasting notes

I would like to thank Martin from LIttle Red Cup Tea Company for providing me with this sample to review. I’ve been very impressed with the teas I have sampled this week.

After a long day of drinking copious amounts of coffee (which is unusual for me) this was a wonderful treat. Had I not known it ahead of time I could have easily mistaken this for a white tea because of it’s gentle flavor. The flavors that I picked up were rather unexpected, there were elements that reminded me of a white tea and others that reminded me more of a green. It also had that buttery flavor and almost silky mouthfeel that I absolutely love. What impressed me beyond the flavor was how well the tea resteeped, I was able to enjoy three cups of tea from one serving of leaf. I wasn’t expecting that out of such an inexpensive tea, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. All of the teas I’ve sampled from Little Red Cup have resteeped very well.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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604 tasting notes

This is another free sample I received from Little Red Cup Tea Company in exchange for a review. Wow! This is night and day from the previous tea I drank. This is flavorful and delicious! The leaves themselves seem to be in much better shape too. They’re wavy, fuzzy, whole leaves varying in color from white to dark brown.

I’m going to disagree with most of the other reviewers on here and say that this does taste like a green tea. There’s a soft but apparent grassy note followed by a naturally sweet, vegetal aftertaste. In my opinion, this is a common flavor profile of green teas, while white teas are less fresh cut grass/buttery vegetables and more dry hay/sunshine.

This is a yummy green tea. I’m really enjoying it! Thanks to Little Red Cup for providing a generous sample so I can enjoy it again later. :)

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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