Golden Monkey - Jin Hou

Golden-brown leaves, fruity aromas, malty taste

Some of the finest varieties of Golden Monkey come out early in April, before the Qing Ming holiday. The leaves are harvested as the weather is warming, the buds are small, dense & full of flavor. Once plucked and oxidized, they are elegant in their golden-brown appearance. Our Golden Monkey is a variety of black teas developed during the height of the early tea trading days in response to the demand of European buyers. These blacks are described as a "fruity Congou’s". The varietal’s leaf is downy which contributes to its “dusty” state and the bright coloration around the rim of the cup after steeping. The lot we are offering was harvested in April 2021.

Lot Notes. Note the bright golden and black colors of the leaves. The consistent size, length and shape of the leaves shows skill in processing. The golden color and the decision to stop oxidizing the leaves at this point creates its distinctive fruit-like flavor. While the aroma is fruity, there are hints of malt. With cupping, the tea proved itself offering a sweet, fruity mouth feel with a clean and lingering finish. Once tasted, we noted this lingering sweetness and its warming effect. The lot was harvested Pre-Qing Ming. The tea was grown in Fujian province at an elevation of approximately 800 meters. Given its early pick date, the leaves are dense with flavors and aroma. Lot #8.

Tasting Notes. This golden-brown style offers a complex and multi-layered, fruity aroma. In tasting, we were reminded of fresh Longan fruit. The nuances of the lot are in the cup, as its malty flavors are fresh and lush on the palate. Like most well-made Chinese black teas, particularly from Fujian Province, the taste will grow in the finish. This tea will offer a subtle warming in the upper body in its finish. 

Brewing Suggestions. Use a rounded teaspoon or 3-4 grams per 8 ounces of water. The water can be right up to boiling or 195-205 F. Steep for 2-2.5 minutes and taste. If you like more body, let the leaves steep for 3-4 minutes. The leaves will yield 2-3 steeps.

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  • 5
    Golden Monkey

    Posted by Karin Lawler on 3rd Nov 2021

    My morning 'go to' tea for several years. I mix it up with a couple other varieties, but this one is my favorite.

  • 5
    Great tea for boba

    Posted by Victoria Yang on 27th May 2021

    I love the flavor of Golden Monkey tea. It's great on it's own, but for boba it really pairs well with the milk and homemade tapioca pearls.

  • 5
    Golden monkey

    Posted by Priscilla on 3rd Jan 2021

    So amazing one can not describe this absolutely wonderful tea !

  • 5
    Sublime tea

    Posted by Charles W. on 12th Jul 2020

    I asked the refined and urbane group who took the aformentioned aliens to the Leo Kotke show if I might treat those aliens to a second steeping of this exquisite Jin Hou. This included another show featuring Sarah Chang performing Antonin Dvorak`s Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53 on a borrowed Stadivarius violin. This Golden Monkey offered by Silk Teas is an elegant, soft, rich brew which I am liking very much after three tastings, steeping four minutes @200 has been the best. One of the cleanest teas ever. There is an aristocratic sense to it, so well crafted by master tea artisans. Is it the best ever? Only time will tell, I have been drinking a rare tea since 2017, so far about 80 ounces that will be difficult to top. Impossible? only time will tell. I hope the aliens are convinced.

  • 5
    I can not even with this tea

    Posted by Gerard Choucroun on 1st Jul 2020

    This review is the rare exception to this axiom "those who know, don't talk, and those who talk don't know." I know. And I am telling you. This is the best tea in the world - Silk Road Teas Golden Monkey. If aliens came from the earth and were deciding whether or not to blow us all up, I would take them to a Leo Kottke show as a first course, then I would seal the deal by offering them this tea. It has not yet saved the world (obviously, just read the news). But in a pinch, it could. It may yet.