Description: Grown and processed in northern Fujian, an area most famous for its white teas, this exceptional 'Jin You' does not disappoint. The first fresh leaf and bud is what makes Golden Monkey special. Once processed, the golden tips of the buds show prominently.
Tasting Notes: The flavour is round and full-bodied, offering a lovely malty linger with subtle hints of sweet golden grass. Given its sweet malty flavour, 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 Instructions: 2g per cup; 90-100ºC water; steep 3-5 minutes
China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.
Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.
Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.
The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.