The leaves and processing
The leaves of the Monkey King are nothing like those of other green teas. They grow from the unique shi da (柿大) cultivar and are individually placed between two meshes and then flattened. Two leaves, marked by their length, often up to 6 centimeters, are pressed together with one slightly downy bud. This brings about the leaves' particular appearance, sometimes referred to as "two knives and one pole".