Photo of Loose-Leaf and Brewed Cup of Monkey Picked Oolong Tea from Teavana

Golden-green pellets of tightly-rolled oolong tea, and a white cup with golden infusionView Full Resolution

This photo shows both the loose-leaf and brewed cup of Teavana's Monkey PIcked Oolong Tea. "Monkey picked" refers not to the tea being actually picked by monkeys, but rather, to a Chinese legend in which monkeys supposedly picked leaves of teas and threw them at people in gest. This label is commonly, and somewhat arbitrarirly, used to refer to oolong teas of a high grade.

This particular tea is a Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy), a variety of oolong, and was on the greener side of oolongs although more roasted and oxidized than some "modern green" varieties. It was among Teavana's most expensive teas; you can find similar teas from other retailers, often for considerably cheaper.

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Tea:Monkey Picked Oolong Tea
Style:Tie Guan Yin
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