Why's It Called That?
Every season, when the new growths of tea leaves are first plucked, the first batches tend to have a fine, white 'hair'. When picked and steamed, these leaves take on the appearance of the fur of a white monkey.
What Does It Taste Like?
White Monkey has the familiar, welcome taste of a traditional green tea, but it's not as strong as some others. The flavour is so subtle, you could even be forgiven for thinking this is a white tea! It's not too bitter, not too sweet, but it's a fantastic tasting drink.
This is one of the more understated flavours of tea, with a flavour which you'll welcome like an old friend, a good book, or the sight of land after months at sea. This is a tea to suit any mood and any situation.
What Does It Smell Like?
This tea is distinctive for its natural, comforting and familiar smell. It's a little grassy, but still subtle. A neutral, natural delight.
What Does It Look Like?
A pale green brew.
A cup of this tea is a 4/10 for Caffeine (with 10 being a giant cup of coffee from your preferred coffee outlet). It's a great way to top up your energy levels without going overboard.
Where Does It Come From?
This tea comes from the Wuyi Mountain in Fukian Province, China.
What's It For?
This is a great tea for feeling good. It's perfect for regulating your mood and perking up a bit, no matter the time of day. It's a really relaxing and mellow drink.
What Are the Health Benefits?
Green Tea is consumed all around the world for its various health benefits. It is said to be able to help with:
Heart health: Lowers bad cholesterol, promotes good cholesterol and improves blood flow. Helps prevent high blood pressure and reduces the risk of congestive heart failure.
Brain health: increases the activity in the working memory area of the brain. May reduce plaque that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.
Prevent diabetes: keeps blood sugar at an even level
Reduces stress: Has a calming effect on the nervous system
It's Also Known As:
Baimou Hao, White-Haired Monkey, Green Tea, Chinese Green Tea.
What is Green Tea?
Green Tea comes from the same plant as White Tea, Black Tea and Oolong. Green tea is grown in many different countries, in many different conditions - this leads to a number of different flavours. The process for creating Green Tea involves first wilting the leaves of the plant, and then lightly heating them to avoid further oxidation. Heating methods vary, from steaming to firing. All methods produce a different chemical reaction, leading to a different tasting tea.