Grown on Wuyi Mountain in Fujian, China, this unusually light one bud and two leaves green tea derives its name from the way its leaves look like monkey paws. Plucked and processed entirely by hand, it is fresh, mellow, sweet and fragrant. The name White Monkey (also known as Snow Jade rabbit) draws on the fuzzy streaks of down on the leaves, akin to monkey paws and legends of monks who used to train animals to picked the most top leaves from the massive tea trees that used to grow wild in the region.
Green Tea, from Fujian’s Wuyi Mountain, China.
One of the landmarks on Fujian’s Wuyi Mountain where the term comes from, Jade Maiden Peak, resembles a slender girl. Legend says the Jade Maiden left heaven to live on Wuyi Mountain, falling in love with Dawang, an earthly king. The Iron Slab Demon told the furious Jade Emperor of her whereabouts, and the Jade Maiden, Dawang and the demon were all turned into mountains.
Quiet, sweet aroma, playful balanced starch notes with a velvet texture. Infuse for 2-3 minutes in water well below boiling (70-85°C) be careful to not over infuse on the water too hot!
From experiencing the floral aroma to watching the silvery-green, tippy buds unfurl in hot water, to sipping the uplifting, pale gold liquor, a cup of White Monkey is a rare pleasure.