drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
104 tasting notes

This is one of my few “every day” teas. Yes, it is expensive. It is REALLY expensive. But because it is an imperial, a little goes a long way. You don’t need a whole lot of this tea since you want the leaves to expand (for this, you’ll want to make sure your infuser is big enough for large leaves). It can also be re-steeped up to five times (other reviewers say eight, I find five before I feel there is nothing “new” from the tea). It was the only tea I tried in store at Teavana that both my mom and I liked well enough to go in for a tin together (given the price).

Another unusual aspect about this tea is that I find the second and third steeps to actually be better than the first. Much milder, with buttery notes. I find the first steep to be quite strong, clean, with a light floral finish. The floral finish continues throughout each steep.

Depending on your palette, this tea may taste like cardboard to you. It is hotly debated amongst my tea drinking friends. All in all, one of my favourites.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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How the story goes is that one day, a feeble, weakened graduate student decided to stop ingesting so much caffeine and additives (sugar, cream, milk) and instead headed for the land of tea.

I should probably mention that I’ve been drinking tea… pretty much since I can remember. The beauty of growing up in a still-semi-Euro family! I was introduced to green teas and pu’erhs by herbalists and acupuncturists in my teens.



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