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Can You Taste The Monkey
July 18, 2007
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Amazing-Green-Tea Newsletter 18 July 2007 Edition Issue #4:

Can You Taste The Monkey?


“Every medicine is the only medicine for a specific disease, but tea is the medicine for all causes,” Chen Zang, a famous Chinese pharmacist in Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 A.D.). - your insider's guide to drinking the truly
amazing tea from China at affordable prices.

>     Table of Content

0. Announcements

1. Tea Spotlight

- Tai Ping Hou Kui Tea (Monkey Tea)

2. Tea News

- Scientists Reveal Best Green Tea Chemical Secrets

3. Tea Bits

- Wulong Tea Weight Loss - Better Than Green Tea?

--0--     Announcements

--0.1--     Tea Review Contest Has Ended!

The Tribute Dragon Well tea review contest has ended on 30 June!

The feedback on this tea is unbelievable. I really like to say thank you to everyone for sharing your experience.

The prize goes to Danica, who has the good fortune of submitting the review in June, when the tea has fully matured.

For those who haven't done so, you can read her review at

Tribute Dragon Well Tea - A Taster's Review

--0.2--     Tea Sourcing

Progress is slow but steady.

The so called Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun tea I tried last month was disappointing. It has a delicate appearance, but has none of the fruity/floral aroma that I expect.

We're currently tasting the superb Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea. It's promising, but the tea garden are running low on supply, so we won't be shipping it until April 2008. Sigh!

As the autumn approach, I am switching my focus to oolong tea. Again, initial signs are promising. I'll report back as soon as I can.

If you have tried a great tea recently or would like to suggest a tea, ping it on!

A secret prize awaits you if it's a tea new to us and if we manage to source it successfully.

--1--     Tai Ping Hou Kui Tea (The Monkey Tea)
Also known as the Monkey Tea, Tai Ping Hou Kui tea is a rarity in Eastern China.

Chinese green tea is usually prized for its delicateness. In contrast, Hou Kui tea is celebrated for its large leaves and enormous buds.

Tai Ping Hou Kui tea gained celebrity status in 1915, when it won the gold medal in Panama Pacific International Exposition. It went on to be one of China's 10 famous tea in 1955.

Fakes are rampant. The only way to know whether you are drinking an authentic tea is to taste the Monkey Rhyme.

Monkey Rhyme? If you're not sure what it's, you'll find out when we start shipping the tea in April 2008.

Tai Ping Hou Kui Tea - An Insider's Guide

--2--     Scientists Reveal Best Green Tea Chemical Secrets

One of our customers, Naomi, asked me to explore further on the subject on tea chemistry.

Well, Naomi, here it is. And it's been a very enjoyable scientific paper to read.

A 2004 study conducted by UK Institute of Food Research analysed 191 green teas from 6 different countries to understand what separates the best from the rest.

They single out the Longjing tea for special comments. Read on!

Scientists Reveal Best Green Tea Chemical Secrets

--3--     Wulong Tea Weight Loss - Better Than Green Tea?

Wulong tea (or oolong tea) shot to fame in the West when Oprah Winfrey's commented that it burned 157% more fat.

Clever marketers quickly took advantage to sell diet wulong tea, with some claiming that you can lose 2 pounds a week.

It's all exciting stuff, but what does the scientific studies say, and is it better than green tea?

Wulong Tea Weight Loss - Better Than Green Tea?

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Your feedback will be much appreciated.

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Written by Julian Tai,  BEng, MSc, FIA
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