Infuse for 2 to 3 minutes with a water temperature between 80 and 90 degrees
Monkey Picked Oolong Tea is a rare China Oolong that, hundreds of years ago, was picked by trained monkeys. Workers used the creatures to climb the highest Tea trees so that they could reach the best leaves.
Today, however, such practices have thankfully ceased to be. What we have instead is a delicious semi-fermented Tea picked and produced solely by humans. The only element that hasn't changed is the fact that it uses the finest quality Tea leaves in its making.
How is Monkey Picked Oolong Tea Made
Once harvested, the leaves arrive at the factory for processing. Workers then wither the Tea outside in direct sunlight. Following this, the leaves undergo 'bruising', which kickstarts the oxidation of the leaf. When the leaves have oxidised the 'correct' amount, workers apply heat. This stage, known as "Fixing/Kill Green", kills the enzymes in the leaf, thus halting the process of oxidation.
Next, workers 'roll' the Tea, similar to the bruising process, which breaks down its cellular walls. This releases the enzymes and essential oils contained within, which helps to define the taste of the Tea when later brewed.
Rolling also influences the shape of the leaf. The last two stages are drying the Tea, which involves reducing the moisture content, so it doesn't spoil, and sorting. Sorting refers to, quite literally, sorting through the leaves to ensure all are of the best quality.
Where Does It Come From?
Monkey Picked Oolong originates from the Fujian province of China. This is where the history of all Oolong Teas began. Its subtropical climate with mild winters and heavy rainfall contribute significantly to the quality of Monkey Picked Oolong. However, production of such semi-fermented Teas has since spread elsewhere.
Today, other countries and regions have started making Oolong Tea. This includes Taiwan (formerly Formosa), Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Assam (India), Darjeeling (India) and Malawi. Monkey Picked Oolong Tea, on the other hand, maintains the traditional roots of all Oolongs. When it arrives at our Pluckley-based factory, nestled within the Kentish countryside, we pack it fresh to order.
Type of Tea: Oolong Tea.
Origin: Fujian Province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew with fresh water at temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees. Infuse for 2 to 3 minutes, being sure not to burn or over-brew the leaves.
How to Serve: No accompaniments required.
Tasting Notes: This beverage has a complex grassy-earthy aroma that transcends in its flavour. Light and alluring to the last, it undoubtedly suits a variety of palates and personal tastes.
Colour in Cup: Yellow-greenish liquor, light in tone.
Monkey Picked Oolong Tea Benefits
According to one Chinese study, there are promising correlations between Monkey Picked Oolong consumption and lower "bad" LDL cholesterol. In fact, researchers found that volunteers who drank at least 10 ounces of it a day per week had lower risks of having high total cholesterol, triglyceride and "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Health PointsDigestive, Heart, Hydration, Immune System, Weight Loss
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