Fire Monkey

True story:  One day this lady comes into the store and says she wants a white tea with mint and chili peppers in it.  First I look out the window to see whether someone from the asylum is looking for her, then I remind myself that we have a reputation for custom blending.  Well, why not mint and chili peppers?!  So we spend a while tweaking it and... this tastes really good.

So, I say to her, "It was your idea, you get to name it."  With no hesitation she says, "Fire Monkey."  I start to ask, then remember my mentor's mantra: "Why ask why?"  Fire Monkey it is. It has become one of my all time favorite teas, as well as one of my favorite on-the-spot blending stories.

PaiMuTan white tea, China green tea, Sencha green tea, peppermint leaves, elder flowers, chopped red chili peppers, peppercorns, rose petals.  A delightful mint tea with a kiss of fire at the end.  Bracing, original, addictive.




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