Golden Monkey

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Famous Chinese black tea named for the strands of gold that run through the leaves, which resemble monkey paws. Bold and smooth character; strong black tea without any bitterness. Made from organic cultivation

Tasting Notes:  roasted apple | cocoa | walnut

Origin:  Fujian, China

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     Fujian is an ancient tea region of China that has over two millennia of rich history and adventure. This large, mountainous area has seen many waves of migration over the course of its long history which has made it one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in all of China. You can drive a few miles and be amongst a completely different people of differing customs; drive a few more miles and the locals could be speaking a totally different language. Multiple places in Fujian have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

   Fujian is recognized as one of the primary tea producing regions in the world; having developed the techniques to produce white, oolong and black teas. Among historical imperial palaces and Buddhist and taoist temples, the teas are expressive of the nature that surrounds them. The Chinese use intricate, time-honed techniques to grow, pick, fire, and shape tea leaves.

   The black tea Golden Monkey, is believed to have been first produced deep in the Wuyi mountains, at high elevation with abundant rain and mist. A hand-picked ratio of one leaf and one bud is used for harvesting, then the leaves are withered in the sun on bamboo racks. After withering, the leaves are rolled, this is what makes the leaves have a “wiry” appearance. Next the leaves are oxidized for a specific amount of time, usually several hours, before being “fired” to stop the oxidation process. In the case of this tea the leaves are fired by use of a large wok over charcoal fires; this also comes into play with the final product, as you can pick up hints of the smoke from the charcoal fires.

   Golden Monkey is not actually picked by monkeys, or any other animal for that matter. The name comes from the delicate, downy hairs on the golden leaf buds that weave through the black leaves. Our Golden Monkey has a decent amount of the gold buds, as you can see; others have also compared the look of the wiry leaves to monkey paws. The taste is smooth, very little bitterness, with a pronounced sweetness to it. Look for flavor notes of roasted apple, cocoa, walnut, and the slightest hint of smoke, as mentioned. Our Golden Monkey is of organic cultivation.


Steeping Instructions

Use one heaping teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water

Let steep 3-5 minutes in hot water 208° (boiling) longer steep times will bring out more bitterness

Ingredients

organic black tea

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