Bai Mao Hou White Monkey (白毛猴) is an unusual green tea that finely balances the characteristics of a light green tea with a flavoursome white tea. Grown at an altitude of 800-900 metres at a fully organic tea garden in Fuding, Fujian Province, it is made from a cultivar that is normally used for white tea. This results in a distinctive flavour with a pronounced woody edge. Sourced directly from the producer, this White Monkey green tea is from April 2018 harvest.
Bai Mao Hou White Monkey is made from a white tea cultivar – Fuding Da Hao (福鼎大毫 ‘Fuding Large Sprout’), but is processed like a green tea. This is very similar to our popular Xue Long Snow Dragon green tea, however this White Monkey utilises larger leaves that are not as tippy as those of Snow Dragon. This leads to a much bolder and more pronounced flavour. The white tea cultivar heritage is also much more apparent here; the flavours have a stronger woodier edge to them.
In terms of leaf processing and quality, this Bai Mao Hou White Monkey green tea is definitely the closest green counterpart to our Golden Monkey King black tea from Fuding. The large wiry leaves are mixed with plenty of smaller tippy leaves that have white downy ‘hairs’, reminiscent of the hair of white monkeys. This similarity is the probable inspiration for the name for this tea.
Bai Mao Hou White Monkey green tea produces a lightly golden yellow liquor with a sweetly floral aroma. The taste has a pronounced woody profile that is most similar to white tea in flavour. The character is lightly woody and a little sweet. At the base there are sweet candy notes with top honey and herbaceous peppery notes that make these flavours a bit more exciting! Overall this tea has a light and accessible, smooth woody taste with a clean aftertaste that is not astringent or drying.
We suggest brewing parameters of 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste, brewing 2 or more times.