Friday, February 15, 2019

Tea Review: Dancing Monkey Tail (Silk Road)

Dancing Monkey Tail
Silk Road
Type: Green
Origin: China, Anhui Province
Product Description: Highly prized for its delicate taste and superior antioxidants, which are a result of the tea leaves coming from wild tea bushes, and also because of painstaking ancient artisanal methods that maximize nutrient value and retain the tea’s unusually large leaf size. Grown & harvested in remote wilderness areas of Anhui China.

The leaves are said to resemble a dancing monkey tail when steeping. Brew in a glass teapot or clear travel mug to enjoy their appearance. One leaf makes up to 4 cups of tea & can be re-infused several times. A packet contains 20-30 tea leaves.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 2 grams (1/3 of the leaves in the 6 gram package)
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have a sharp green aroma with mineral and pepper notes.

The pale golden green infusion has an aroma that is richly buttery and boldly green.  The taste is toasty, nutty, and green with a hint of astringency.  

I tried a couple different brewing methods before finding the results I enjoyed most by steeping 1/3 of the 6 gram package of leaves in 6-8 ounces of water.  I removed the leaves after each infusion for the purpose of this review, but it would also be enjoyable prepared grandpa style (leaving the tea leaves in the cup while you drink) using slightly less leaf.  This tea reminded me somewhat of Dragonwell with more buttery and nutty notes.

This tea was purchased by me.

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