Monkey Picked Tea (Ma Nau Mi Ti Kuan Yin)

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No folks, we’re not pulling your leg! This rare Chinese tea is carefully picked by specially trained monkeys in a remote mountain region of China. Legend has it that monkeys were first used to collect tea ten centuries ago, because upon seeing its master trying to reach some tea growing wild on a mountain face, the monkey climbed up the steep face and collected the tea growing there and brought it down to his master. This wild tea was considered so delicious that other people began to train monkeys to collect this rare wild tea. Nowadays the practice of monkeys picking tea has all but died out, except in one small remote village where they will continue this remarkable tradition.

No monkeys are harmed or mistreated in order for us to bring this rare brew to you! In fact the monkeys and their ancestors before them have been doing this job for generations and are treated as respected members of their human keeper’s families.

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For the past three weeks, hubby has had to work later than usual on Fridays, so we have treated ourselves to the Chinese buffet when he finally gets to come home. The sad news is that when I asked what kind of tea they had, they said black.



Oh well, my remedy is to have water with the meal and tea when I get home. Tonight I called youngest and asked her to prepare a pot of this and a chocolate bar for me so it would be ready when we got home.

It was the Teavivre Monkey Picked that I drank this week that had me craving this kind of oolong. This one is very good, I mean, if I hadn’t had Teavivre’s I would probably say it was excellent. I am really enjoying it, but it just doesn’t have as much flavor as theirs. So still thumbs up, but this isn’t the very best one I have tried.

It is fun to know that this particular one really truly was picked by monkeys!


Sounds like we have the same Chinese restaurant. No puerh? No green tea? How can this happen?

I find it interesting that you too compare whatever you are drinking to the Teavivre version. Says a lot for them.


Seriously! Every time I hear Asian music I want Asian food. You would think they could keep at least a basic green tea or bagged jasmine!

Once you drink a bit of Teavivre tea, you naturally start to use it as a benchmark!

Jim Marks

Almost all the Chinese restaurants in Houston serve jasmine tea unless you ask for oolong or green, and even then, some don’t have it. It drives me a bit crazy. Especially for dim sum. I mean the whole point of yum cha is the tea! Or at least it used to be.


Last time I went to a chinese restaurant (and this was a classy, expensive one with fantastic authentic food, mind you), I got green tea, a jasmine green, but they brought the teapot out and it sat over heat with the leaves still in the pot, so my last few cups were bitter. Very disappointing as the first cup was lovely.


TTG: That is so sad! They should have provided a fair cup or pitcher of some kind. If I went back I think I would request a second empty pot to pour the tea into so the leaves wouldn’t get bitter. They could even then bring you hot water to resteep your leaves.

Jim Marks

Odd that they put it over heat…

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