Loose Leaf Tea: Monks Blend White
Tea Company: Green Tea Lovers
Tea Company Description: Premium White Tea. Made from buds and young leaves. White tea retains high catechin concentrations in its fresh leaves. A mixture of grenadine and vanilla, a flavor combo we’ve grown enamored with and have come to call Monk’s blend in honor of the monastic traditions experimenting with herbs, spices and fruit. In this variation of tea we’ve added our all-natural flavoring to a superb white Pai Mu Tan from Fujian province in China. The resulting cup exhibits a full body drawn out with underlying notes of vanilla hinting at cream and round touches of pomegranate. Brew a pot today, and savor the delicate aromas.
Region: Fu-ding, Fujian Province
Grade: Pai Mu Tan
Altitude: 2000′ – 4000′ feet above sea level
Manuf. Type: White Tea – Naturally withered
Infusion: Pale Yellow
Ingredients: Luxury white tea, natural flavors
Character: Smooth with Madagascar vanilla notes and a touch of grenadine pungency. Sweet pecan-like finish. Contains high antioxidant level of 7.5-9.5% vs 5-6% for mass-market teas.
Hot Tea: This tea is best enjoyed by pouring 180F/90C water over the leaves (1 teaspoon) for 3 minutes (longer=stronger). Don’t remove the leaves. Can be infused repeatedly 2-3 times using higher temperatures & shorter infusions until flavor is exhausted.
Iced Tea: Pour 1 1/4 cups of hot water over 6 teaspoons of tea and steep for 5 minutes. Pour into pitcher while straining leaves, add ice and top up with cold water to make a quart of iced tea. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Dry Leaf Assessment: The appearance of dry tea leaves is typical Pai Mu Tan (White Peony), big silver-down covered leaves, and some are slightly browned. The leaves are very delicate and fragile, some shattered. The nose of the dry leaves is fresh, soft and sweet with floral and fruit nuances.
Infused Leaf Assessment: The smell of infused leaves is very alluring, warm vanilla notes are underlined with hazelnut-cream softness. Delicate fruity nuance compliments softness and warmth of vanilla prominence. Infused leaves are completely unfurled, shiny, even, and green in color.
Liquor: This white tea blend produces pale yellow-golden liquor. The infusion is light-bodied as most of the white teas based blends. The taste is fresh, subtle and clean, and although the flavor is delicate, it is well-balanced, flavorful and very enjoyable. The most prominent flavor characteristic is creamy vanilla with faint fruity sharpness. All of the ingredients perform well in this tea composition.
Recommendation: This tea blend is good served hot or cold. Iced variation is refreshing, thirst quenching and sophisticated. However, I would recommend using a double the suggested amount of leaves for iced tea, in order not to lose the flavor. If drunk hot, some honey or any other sweetener may be suitable.
Score: 86 – Very good