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Golden Monkey - Jin Hou - Organic


Organically grown in the Fuding area of northern Fujian Province, our Golden Monkey (Jin Hou) is made more to the traditional style using a longer, blacker leaf mixed with golden buds. Golden Monkey was initially developed for export. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular in China as an everyday drink. It draws its name from its very tippy golden leaf and from the bright golden residue of its liquor. Harvest date: 2017.  Lot #: FO-7.

Why we selected this particular lot: We found this lot to offer a refreshing malty taste. Further, it is organic and we support that initiative. The leaves are consistent in shape, with little broken material. The taste finalized the deal as we found it full of flavor and capable of multiple steeps.

Interesting facts about our selection: It is grown in an area famous for its white teas. However, these local varietals also make very good green and black teas. The farm is located at an elevation of approx. 700 meters.  This lot was harvested and processed in mid-April, note the larger size of the leaves. The farm has been practicing organic methods for some years now and their teas are increasingly flavorful each harvest.    

Taste profile: This tea offers a round, full-bodied & malty aroma. More of these notes come through in the 2nd steep. Naturally sweet, it will refresh with a clean taste that lingers. Given its sweet malty flavor, we suggest you enjoy that and add nothing to this tea. However, it can take milk and sugar and provide a wonderful cup

Brewing suggestions: Use water near boiling temperature or 195-205 F. We suggest 3 grams of tea per 8 ounces of water and 4-5 grams for 12-16 ounces of water. A 3-minute steep should yield a full-bodied cup. It can steep longer for more taste. Leaves will yield multiple steeps

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Supporting adults with disabilities

Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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During processing, flavenols (catechins), oxidize with air to create the flavors and color unique to black teas.

Young Chinese are drinking black teas in big numbers. Demand is converting green teas to quality blacks.

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  1. Bright, smooth, and strong 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Dec 2017

    Excellent black tea

  2. Organic is swell, but . . . 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Oct 2014

    I ordered this by mistake, intending to get my standard go-to Golden Monkey. But I figured, eh, so it's organic, shouldn't matter. Unfortunately it's not even the same tea. It looks like it, but there's none of that malty chocolate goodness you expect from Golden Monkey, in fact I can't detect much flavor at all. I'm afraid you'll have to go with the nasty un-organic version if you want that Golden Monkey rush.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

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Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

Read the recent article in the Marin IJ: Silk Road Teas gives back

...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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