From other sources I have read, for the most part, they all agree that some had used trained monkeys to pick tea leaves in china at one time or another. However, today , Monkey Picked TGY only refers to premium TGY oolong.
Yeah I figured monkey-picked only referred to a premium grade (which is questionable anyway, just like imperial, tea king, wild tree, etc.), but the package does say that it is picked by trained monkeys. I'm skeptical, to say the least.
Geekiness when applied to the realm of tea without TEAgeekiness is a dangerous thing.
I get irritated when I see things like this, it is very misleading. They never come out and say, "this was not picked by monkeys." They really skirt all around it and the reader if he/she wants to think it is picked by monkeys, will believe it was indeed picked by monkeys. And so the lie will spread as the buyer then tells his/her friends that the tea being served was picked by monkeys. Sounds so romantic and well, geeky.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I am 99.99% certain that this was not picked by monkeys. But the reader can read into the sales pitch whatever he/she wants to.
Chimps can be trained to do some really tricky things, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they were picking leaves for people somewhere. $25/2oz is definitely reasonable when one takes into account how much labor $ those monkeys deserve.
What a weird thing for ThinkGeek to pick up. I don't believe it's true.