A taste similar to Teavana’s Six Summits – that may be a distorted memory, because I haven’t had Six Summits in a very long time, and I had the Monkey Picked two or three months ago.

Not as good as I expected, honestly. Nothing near it.
Perhaps better quality than most oolongs in the Teavana selection, but that’s not a great feat.
Compared to the truly great oolongs I’ve tried (competition grade TKY, Black Dragon Pearl, Competition grade Alishan, several high-peak Taiwanese oolongs), Teavana’s Monkey Picked can’t hold a match. It just doesn’t have that much body; the taste dies too quickly. It didn’t quite produce the nuance I was looking for.
I’ve found more satisfying teas with less hype at Lupicia, as well as a few other more obscure tea shops.
I didn’t bother finishing the two ounces I bought.

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