Monkey Picked Oolong Tea
When infused, the unbroken, evenly-sized leaves gracefully unfurl to reveal the most complex Oolong bouquet available...Made from the youngest tea leaves, this tea is perfect for multiple infusions...
Brewing Instructions: (from Teavana)
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-200 degrees and steep tea for 3-4 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Ratings & Reviews
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Alex Zorach (1264 reviews) on Apr. 27th, 2012
This is a greener oolong, but not among the greenest. I think this might place it in the zone where it is more accessible to western tea drinkers than some of the greenest oolongs. The aroma is strongly floral, but with woody tones as well. Compared to Foojoy's Monkey Picked Ti Kuan Yin, this one was much greener and had a much lighter roast.
My main complaint on this one is the price: it's absolutely astronomical: $25 for 2 ounces, with no discount for buying larger quantities. A second complaint related to this tea is oriented towards Teavana's sales practices--in one store I had the Teavana staff get more than a little bit pushy about recommending this tea, which was, not coincidentally, the most expensive tea in the store at the time. I don't appreciate that, and it was one of my first impressions with the Teavana chain, and left a marked negative impression on me that has been reinforced by reading of other's experiences with pushy salespeople.
I sampled this tea side-by-side with Life in Teacup's Bai Ya Qi Lan, from a different varietal of oolong, in a greener style, but side-by-side the teas were similar, and I slightly preferred the one from Life in Teacup...but here's the kicker. That tea was $4 an ounce.
I do think this is a very good tea. But it's not up to the level of the competition-winning teas that I've sampled, it's just a solidly high quality oolong. And, for teas in this price range, you can buy top-notch teas, including competition-winning teas from Taiwan and China, in a similar style, which really blow this one away. Or, you can find teas of similar quality for much cheaper (read $8 or less for 2 ounces).
Sterling (1 reviews) on Dec. 6th, 2009
It might be a bit subtle for non-regular-tea-drinkers or anyone who likes to add stuff to their tea.
emma (12 reviews) on Dec. 3rd, 2009
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Our editorial team has selected the following reviews from other websites:
- Teavana’s Monkey-Picked Oolong Tea: A Review
Oct. 23, 2011
Food Junk, a food blog, gives a detailed review of this tea, including preparation and photos, from the perspective of someone who is not usually a drinker of high-quality artisan teas. The blogger also writes about Teavana's aggressive sales tactics.
- Monkey Picked Oolong from Teavana
Liber-Teas of the Tea Review Blog reviews this tea and compares it to the commercial description from Teavana.