Excellent black tea
Organically grown in the Fuding area of northern Fujian Province, our Golden Monkey (Jin Hou) is a "special grade" made in the traditional style using long, black leaves and plenty of gold buds. It steeps to a bright golden liquor. This lot has an impressive depth of flavor. Golden Monkey is a wonderful breakfast tea and is very refreshing as an afternoon beverage. It draws its name from its appearance which reminds one of the fur of a monkey. Harvest date: 2019. Lot #: FO-9.
Why we selected this particular lot: We found this lot to offer a refreshing & malty taste. 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. As well, it is grown organically to a wonderful flavor!
Interesting facts about our selection: It is grown in an area most famous for its white teas. However, these local varietals make very good green and black teas with many farms producing some of each style. The farm is located at an elevation of approx. 700 meters. This lot was harvested late-April; note the larger size of the leaves. The farm has been practicing organic methods for a number of years and their teas are increasingly flavorful.
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 its natural attributes and add nothing to this tea. However, it can take milk and sugar and will 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.