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Empress Green


Green Monkey offers a crisp aroma and stone-fruit, natural flavors.  Grown on a small tea farm, it is handmade. It was plucked in early April 2017, in the first flush of mountain grown teas.

There is a class of teas in China that are harvested in the spring and processed according to local customs that often result in exceptional and unusual teas. Rarely exported and typically sold locally, these "fresh teas" are often made with varietals that have, in time, adapted to the terrier and, as a result, have taste characteristics unique to the area. Each year, with some luck, we are invited to meet with a long-time supplier, now retired, who grows select lots of white, green and black teas in this style. Green Monkey is made using the Mei Zhan varietal. It is a slow growing varietal, strong, and requires a deft hand in processing. The farm operates using organic practices. This lot was made in the first week of April 2018. Lot # W-7.

Why we selected this particular lot.  This lot is made with a large-sized green leaf, lightly mixed with white buds. The timing of the pluck we felt brought out the best qualities of the varietal.  In processing, the aroma was made toasty and clean.  With tasting, we found this tea offered a note of chestnuts at the front and a sweet, stone-fruit finish. From our perspective, this lot offers you, our customers, a unique taste and a tea that is rarely enjoyed outside the local area.  

Interesting facts about this lot. Each year, this green will be made with slightly different appearance. This reflects the timing of the harvest.  It also exemplifies the Chinese tea farm model wherein there is not great standardization of products and, in this case, a tea not made for export markets.  It was harvested just as the spring weather began to turn quite warm.   

Tasting notes. The leaves offer a heightened, sweet aroma. It is more naturally sweet than vegetal in flavor. Steeped, the taste is nuanced, offering some light grassy notes. There is a pleasing tension between sweet and astringent underscoring the strength of the varietal. The tea cups quite clear, light-green to gold color.

Brewing suggestions. As this green tea is strong in flavor, we suggest 3 grams per 8 ounces and 4-5 grams for 12 to 16 ounces. Steep at 2 minutes and taste. This should yield a balanced cup. Use water at a temperature of 185-198 F. Leaves will yield multiple steeps



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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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  1. Empress Green is very good 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Apr 2017

    I didn't know how much tea to use at first, but after trying several different amounts I decided that I prefer using more rather than less. I think it is comparable to Green Mist, my everyday tea of choice. It is fresh tasting and has lots of nuances to the flavor. I tried steeping it longer and shorter and I like a bit more tea, steeped shorter.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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