Monk's Blend (black tea)

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Monk's Blend

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  • 4.2 oz Tin $21.95
  • 0.5 oz Sample $3.95
  • 2.0 oz Pouch $10.95
  • 8.0 oz Pouch $25.95
  • 1.0 lb Pouch $44.95
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Retreat into the sanctuary of our hand-crafted Monk's Blend. We have specially formulated an absolutely superb black full leaf tea blend that is deeply nurturing and satisfying.

A dazzling array of colors great you when you encounter our blend of true Darjeeling, Keemun, Assam, and Nilgiri organic leaf. The cup is a rich, deep sunset red. The liquor is hearty, round, and totally smooth and will at once calm and energize.

2.0 oz Pouch $10.95 - 30 servings 37¢ per cup | 4.2 oz Tin $21.95 - 63 servings 35¢ per cup

Customer Reviews

  1. April 23, 2013 Review by Deborah

    This tea has a beautiful red color and is made from both green and black tea leaves. I feel like I can almost distinguish the different tastes brought to the blend by the Assam, Keemun, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri as it has qualities from all of them. (I steep it at 200°F for 3 minutes as hotter and longer steeping tends to create fewer nuances, IMO.) It's a nice, smooth tea that I find interesting to drink.

  2. September 6, 2012 Review by Jadxia

    This is the tea that will win the heart of your favorite coffee lover. It's very robust.

  3. September 9, 2010 Review by Heath

    This is the tea that finally made me give black tea a chance. I bought the .08oz sample, and ended up deciding to buy a tin. It's got a gorgeous, deep red color and very smooth taste. It's a perfect breakfast tea, but it's great any time of the day, as well!

  4. November 24, 2009 Review by Crosby

    I love this tea...makes me feel like I'm in a monestry meditating. Very yummy. It has a slight caffeine kick without being jarring. One of the smoother blacks I have found. Two teaspoons per cup for 5 minutes makes a nice strong and satisying brew. Love it.

  5. November 9, 2009 Review by Denise H.

    Thank you for this. This has to be the smoothest black tea blend I have ever tasted. I like how it is made up with Darjeeling leaves. There is green tea in this? You wouldn't know it! Full flavored without any harsh edges. I can (and do) drink it all day.
    By the way, I am not a monk, but I think monk's are pretty cool.

  6. July 2, 2009 Review by John

    monks R Us

A shorter steep yields a superb straight tea needing no milk or sugar.

Water: 208°F | Leaves: 1 tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don't over boil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time
Leaves can be resteeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don't throw out those leaves until they have given it all up
Black tea has a class of polyphenols that protect your bones and teeth (help the body from pulling calcium) and is good for your heart. Black tea contains antioxidants and about 1/3 the amount of caffeine as found in a cup of coffee.
The history of tea in China is long and complex. The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their status, and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor.

Tea was first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it so it would be clean, so that is what his servants did. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink, and a dead leaf from the wild tea bush fell into the water. It turned a brownish color, but it was unnoticed and presented to the emperor anyway. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) was born.

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