Adagio Teas White Monkey Green Tea
A Very Light Tasting and Looking Green
Summary : A very light and delicate taste, with a hint
of sweetness too. Not exceptionally flavorful, but if you are looking
for a "light tasting green tea", this tea is likely to be right
up your alley.
Review : Don't let the name fool you.
Monkey is a green tea, not a white tea. The reason I mention it is
that I had ordered this tea about 6 months prior to tasting it. And
since the little tin the leaves arrive in says "White Monkey", I naturally
presumed, stupid me, that this was a white tea. Not a green tea.
This of course changed once I opened up the canister and noticed the
large green leaves. And with all this confusion now settled, I sat
back and waited for my brew of White Monkey Tea to be ready.
The leaves of this tea are huge. You'll need to use more than 1 teaspoon
of leaves per cup, simply because it will be difficult if not impossible
to "pack" your teaspoon full of these leaves - unless you want to crush
Here is how
explains this tea on their website : "The
young leaves and unopened buds are carefully gathered and processed
exclusively by hand. The result is a tea that appears intricately woven
with large and beautiful white tips. It produces a very light cup that
is noticeably sweet, and infused with a fresh, delicate scent."
The leaves of this tea are very high quality. No argument there. However,
to be honest, I really did not find much sweetness in this tea - despite
playing around with several different measurements of leaves and water
temperature. Don't mistake me...there is some sweetness. But that sweetness
is very, very "light", for lack of a better word.
Indeed, "light" is how I would describe this tea in every way. It
has light colored, if somewhat huge, leaves. The tea color itself,
once brewed, is a very light. And the taste of the tea is also very
- with the distinct taste of green tea.
Recommendation : Yes and Maybe. It depends on the
person, really. If you like the taste of traditional loose-leaf green
tea, you'll definitely like this one, although the taste is a bit on
side." On the other hand, if you are looking for a tea with a
more powerful and robust flavor, then you'll want to find another green
tea to try. I give this tea three stars since I just wasn't wild
about the "lack of taste" in the tea, despite the high-quality
leaves used. But if you like lighter teas, this is definitely a 4+
Tea Information and Brewing Instructions
- Tea Reviewed : White Monkey Green Tea
- Manufacturer :
- Available from :
- Type of Tea : Green Tea
- Leaf Type : Loose
- Date of Review : November 26th, 2006
- Tea Rating :
- Brewing Instructions : Pour 6 ounces water
that has a temperature of 180 degrees (not boiling!), over about
1.5 teaspoons of green tea leaves. You want to
use more than 1 teaspoon of leaves with this tea because the leaves are
quite large (which throws off precise teaspoon measurements). Let steep
for 3 minutes.
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