Premium Taiping Monkey's Pick Green Tea

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Grass, Nutty, Seaweed, Umami
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Premium Taiping Monkey’s Pick® Green Tea originates from the Anhui province of China. The area in which the tea is harvested is now known as Huangshan district. Folklore says the named originates from the use of trained monkeys to pick tea leaves from hard-to-reach trees. Today, the name is used to denote the finest quality of teas. Harvested on early spring mornings, its leaves have a long, flat appearance with a waffle-like pattern. This tea also became famous after winning a gold medal in the Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915.

Origin: Anhui
Brew: Yellow Emerald
Type: Green
Flavor: Light floral flavors that are delicate to the palate

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This is the next-oldest untried sample from my cupboard! This was actually a free sample from Bird Pick, thanks guys! I must say, I’m quite surprised that all these giant leaves are intact inside the little resealable pouch – I fully expected them to be at least somewhat broken. They’re long and flat (almost like they’ve been ironed) and they kind of remind me of kelp or something. Dry scent is mildly vegetal and grassy with a lot of sweetness. I didn’t really know how much to use, so I just put a bunch of leaves in my basket and then added one more for good measure. :P

The steeped tea is very pale in color, and smells mild and creamy with sweet vegetal notes. Hmm… this is not what I expected. It actually tastes like a Japanese green to me. It’s quite savory with strong seaweed notes. It does have a creamy and nutty taste, but in a savory way. The aftertaste is somewhat grassy but light and refreshing. Not what I expected, but not bad! Next time, I would use more leaf, as it was just a tiny bit on the weak side.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Seaweed, Umami

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Very light. Floral and tasty aftertaste.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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