Best black tea ever. Aroma and taste excellent. Taste lingers.
Cultivars grown in the mountains of the FuAn area have long been known to produce the finest tasting, most aromatic of Golden Monkeys. The terroir - soil, rainfall, elevation, & temperature - is ideal for cultivation of a sweet, fruity "Congou" black tea. Picked early in April, our lot’s buds and leaves are dense & flavorful. This Monkey is wonderful tasting and refreshing!
Lot Notes. We noted the density of the leaves and its rich golden buds and muted black colors. The oxidizing process has accentuated its distinctive malty side. Aroma is fruity. The tea was grown at an elevation of approximately 600 meters. Lot #2.
Tea Facts. Jin Hou ("Golden Monkey") is a variety of sweet, fruity Congou style, black teas grown historically in Tanyang village, in the mountains along the coast of Fujian Province. The cultivar's leaf is downy which contributes to its “dusty” state and the bright golden coloration around the rim of the cup after steeping. The lot we are offering was harvested in April 2022.
Tasting Notes. In our tasting, we found a sweet, fruity mouth feel and a clean finish. It is medium bodied. Some flavor of fresh Longan fruit. It is lush on the palate and will grow in the finish. A wonderful tea that is refreshing.
Brewing Suggestions. Use a rounded teaspoon or 3 grams per 6-8 ounces of water. The water can be right up to boiling or 195-205 F. Steep for 2-2.5 minutes and taste. If you like more body, let the leaves steep for 3 minutes. The leaves will yield 3 steeps.