One of the classic Panyang congou teas, Golden Monkey Tea is among the finest Chinese Black Teas available today. A rich, full-bodied Tea, it gets its name from its unique appearance: the tea leaves resemble monkey claws. It is hand-processed each spring with a careful plucking of only one leaf and one bud. Sweet and very 'nosy' with the aromas of: savory roasted apples, cocoa and spice notes that linger as you sip your tea. Rich, coating texture and very smooth, soft mouth-feel. Delicate, almost indistinguishable astringency.
Golden Monkey comes from Fujian province, China. Fujian teas account for one-fifth of China's total tea output, and the consistently high quality keeps them in demand. The Fujian coastal province (Taiwan lies just to the east, across the Taiwan Strait), has a long history of cultivating tea: over 1,000 years. It benefits from an excellent climate, combining mild temperatures, abundant rainfall and very mountainous terrain. The misty mountain scenery is a mainstay of traditional Chinese art. In fact, the traditional description of Fujian is "8 parts mountain, 1 part water and 1 part farmland." Fujian
How to Prepare:
Use 2 teaspoons per 16 to 24 oz pot.
Use Boiling (212°F) water.
Steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
Caffeine: about 40 mg per 8oz cup.