Monkey Paw is an exotic Chinese white tea. Light and almost sweet with an overwhelming fresh green tea flavor. Made from the first two weeks of growth. Dried leaf looks like a monkey's paw.
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Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province, Wuyi Mountains
Shipping Port: Fuzhou
Grade: Handmade special white green tea
Manufacture Type: Steamed green tea and hand sorted from special leaves
Cup Characteristics: Velvety smooth with very delicate but intense full green tea flavor
Infusion: Pale Green
White Monkey Paw is made from the top two leaves and the bud of new season growth (late March /early April). These delicate leaves are gently and gingerly steamed and dried so the end result is an exquisite hand made green tea. You will see that the leaves still have the 'hairy down' on them which indicates that these leaves were plucked very early in the morning and within the first two weeks of the new season of growth. When you infuse these teas you will witness the delicate two leaves and a bud uncurl in your cup almost coming back to life!. The dry leaf appearance of these teas is tending white and said to resemble a monkey paw. Even though this is a green tea, the visual appearance and cup liquor is so delicate that is can also be almost considered a white tea.
The most famous Chinese description of the joys of drinking tea is by Lu Tong , a Tang dynasty (A.D. 618-907) poet:
The first cup caresses my dry lips and throat;
The second shatters the walls of my lonely sadness,
The third searches the dry rivulets of my soul to find the stories of five thousand scrolls,
With the fourth the pain of past injustice vanishes through my pores.
The fifth purifies my flesh and bone.
With the sixth I am in touch with the immortals.
The seventh gives such great pleasure I can hardly bear.
The fresh wind blows through my wings
As I make my way to Penglai (1).
(1). My Penglai, off the coast of Shandong province, was the traditional home of the immortals.
Perhaps drinking and experiencing White Monkey Paw will also give you the inspiration to write an epic poem. Brew a cup and begin to journey to being the poet laureate of tea...
Hot tea brewing method:
When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times (or even 7 times if you are attempting to reach My Penglai). The secret is to use water that is about 180'F or about 80'C. Take 7-10 leaves (which is about a large pinch of tea - using your forefinger and thumb) and let them steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew - they foretell life
Iced tea brewing method: It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea, nevertheless if you wish to do so we would recommend the following method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]