White tea, jasmine green tea, and milk oolong come together to create what tastes like “pure heaven in a cup”, or as it’s better known, Monk’s Blend from DAVIDsTea. It is a blend that is inspired by monks in rural China who had to beg for their tea, which in turn, resulted in them receiving bits of different kinds of teas mixed together. This tea in particular has been in and out of my life for the past couple years, and I have kept a stash of it around for just as long. I, without a doubt consider Monk’s Blend to be one of my top tea favourites.
Monk’s Blend comes in a resealable foil pouch, with a label that appears icy blue in colour (this is the colour DAVIDsTea typically uses to signify their white tea blends). The leaves inside look pretty green for the most part, as if this is all just one type of tea, but a closer look reveals the different components involved… The tightly rolled leaves of the milk oolong, the pearls of jasmine scented green tea, as well as the fuzzy, but twisted tea buds from the white tea base. The listed ingredients are: white tea, milk oolong tea, jasmine green tea pearls, and natural milk flavouring. There is a strong floral scent out of the bag, but it isn’t stronger than the smell of milk. Milk oolong, that is.
DAVIDsTea suggests steeping Monk’s Blend for 3-5 minutes in 90°C (195°F) water. Because of the various teas in this blend, I opted for using the white tea preset on my variable kettle. At 185°F, I steeped Monk’s Blend for 3 minutes.
After three minutes, there is a golden amber colour that has filled my cup. The tea smells predominantly of the creamy, milk oolong with just the tiniest whisper of jasmine. Out of the three teas, the oolong also appears to dominate the flavour profile of Monk’s Blend. I find this tea to be nice and smooth, with a medium body. Thankfully there is no bitterness to be found, but it is a touch astringent the more you consume. Adding milk is not necessary, but it definitely amplifies the natural creaminess of this tea, with the velvet-like mouthfeel staying completely intact. Monk’s Blend also takes well to the addition of sweetener.
There is definitely something about Monk’s Blend that makes me really happy, and even a little zen at times. I find that it makes for a relaxing cuppa, but if you’re not particularly a fan of milk oolong, you may not enjoy it as much as I do, seeing as the oolong ultimately steals the show here. I don’t recall if it has always been this prominent, but I also have no problem with it either way. A true tea favourite nonetheless.
You can purchase Monk’s Blend here, $5.99 for 50g. (It is currently half price while supplies last.)
Out of the three (oolong, white & green), which tea type do you prefer? Sound off in the comments below!
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Until we steep again…