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Golden Monkey


The finest varieties of Golden Monkey (Jin Hou) arrive in the marketplace early in April.  The smaller sized, thin, elegant golden-brown leaves are classic characteristics of highest grade, early-pick lots.  Golden Monkey is in the Panyang Congou family, a variety of black teas developed during the height of the early tea trading days.  These blacks are also described as a "fruity Congous".  The varietal is downy which contributes to the bright coloration around the rim of the cup after brewing.   The lot we are offering was harvested in the first week of April 2016.  It is very aromatic and will cup to a light-red coloration.

Why we selected this particular lot:
We noted the rich golden coloration of the leaves, always eye-catching as the first black teas come out.  The consistent size, length and shape of the leaves indicates careful handling and processing.  The aroma is fruity, with some hints of malt.  With cupping, the tea proved itself offering a sweet, fruity mouth feel with a clean and lingering finish.  Once tasted, we noted the lingering sweetness of the tea and how good it makes one feel!

Interesting facts about our selection:
The lot was harvested "before the rains' or in early April.  As a result, the leaves are comparatively small and short in length.  The tea was grown in the Fuding area of Fujian Province, at an elevation of about 700 meters.  The processing is light in that the flavors are quite natural.    

Taste profile:
A more golden-brown style lot, it offers a complex and multi-layered, almost fruity aroma. The reward, of course, is in the cup, as the malty flavors of this tea are lively and quick to the palate. Like most well-made Chinese black teas, particularly from Fujian Province, the taste will grow in the finish.

Brewing suggestions:
Use approximately a round tablespoon or 3 grams per 8-12 ounces of water temperature up to 205 F.  Steep for 2 - 3 minutes.  The leaves will yield 2-3 steeps.

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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  1. Superb 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Oct 2016

    Smooth with no astringency. Complex with many undertones.One of the best Golden Monkey teas I've ever tasted.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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