Excellent black tea
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
Excellent black tea
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.