Golden Monkey Black Tea

Golden Monkey Black Tea
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Golden Monkey Black Tea

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Grown at a high altitude of 1200 meters at the Chafang Tea Factory, Golden Monkey tea is a high quality black tea with large leaves and an abundance of golden tips. It is golden amber in color with a hint of smoke and honey flavor.

This tea is from Yunnan province, an ancient province in southwestern China which borders Vietnam, Laos and Burma. This cloudy, misty, mountainous province has grown tea for 1700 years. The "yun" in Yunnan means "cloud". The tea plant itself is often considered a native of Yunnan, as 260 different varieties, some the size of large trees, can be found here.

Yunnan leads all other Chinese provinces in black tea production. Yunnan black teas are produced from a strain of ancient native broad leafed (Dayeh) tea bushes which are also used for the famous medicinal Pu-erh tea. These tea bushes grow along the Lancang River in southern Yunnan province. They have a longer life span, earlier and stronger buds, fat shoots, and thick, soft leaves. As evidence of how important climate and soil conditions are to tea bushes, if this native broad leafed Dayeh strain is transplanted anywhere else in China, it produces the typical "China leaf" which is narrow, thin and dull in comparison. Transplant the same bush to its native environment, and it produces broad, thick, glossy, tippy leaves again.

According to legend, this particular tea grows in lofty and precipitous peaks making it difficult to pluck the leaves so local people trained monkeys to pluck the tea leaves, thus the unique name Golden Monkey.

  • Cups to Grams:
    • 8 grams makes 3-4 cups
    • 25 grams makes 10-15 cups
    • 50 grams makes 20-25 cups
    • 100 grams makes 45-50 cups
    • 1 pound loose makes 180-200 cups
  • Ingredients: black tea
  • Steeping Instructions: 3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Caffeinated: Yes
  • Country of Origin: China
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A delightful surprise!
August 12, 2014
Reviewer:  BeSeXe "The Tea Addict" 

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I accidentally ordered this tea in Dec 2013. At first I was disappointed that it wasn't the correct tea, that was until I drank it. This has become my weekend tea that my boyfriend and I share. It's light, palatable, and it doesn't seem to get bitter. I purchased 2 bags and keep one at work when I need a little extra caffeine and one at home to drink on the weekends.

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Not what it used to be...
March 14, 2014
Reviewer:  Vicky Sue "Queen of Tea" 

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Over the past 18 months or so, I have truly enjoyed this exceptional tea. However, my last purchase was a great disappointment. The taste was totally different from the Golden Monkey that I was used to. I found it quite unpalatable and the tea ended up in the sink. A great loss! Needless to say, I cannot recommend.

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4 stars
Smooth Tea
June 28, 2013
Reviewer:  Kim H. 

(Indiana)

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I really like this tea. It is very mild and smooth. If you are not a tea lover, or if you are new to teas, this is a good place to start. It doesn't have a bitter edge and is a very soothing tea.

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