Ahh, Golden Monkey. Peppery Yunnan goodness. Cute little leaves. Earthy yet sweet. The total package tea. You’re just what I needed. Time to place an order.
So, as I understand it, some Golden Monkey is Fujian, and some is grown in the Yunnan area. None of the distributors from which I’ve bought Golden Monkey have been emphatic about where their leaves are sourced, but given the range of flavors, I’m going to have to say that I think the region impacts the taste in a pretty significant way. The Golden Monkey I had from Teavana was vastly different from the stuff I got from Tao of Tea, which resembled the leaves in the Teas Etc. photo more (and may actually be the same stuff).
I’m very curious to know more about rebranding and repackaging teas. I’ve came across several that I KNOW are the exact same tea…just sold by different companies and re-named. While I understand the practice, I would really like to know the main company behind the tea/blend. I’d like to think I’m fairly honest with myself when I rate teas…but perhaps the name brand (and price) might sway tea drinkers in a certain direction. For example, Samovar might sell the exact same oolong as Golden Moon or Teas Etc, but because of the Samovar branding and lavish description/food pairings, etc…you might think of the tea as a little more upscale. Just my opinion.
You and me both! It begins to become especially problematic when you’re looking for pure leaf and not blends, and want to try different kinds of the same tea…but have shopped around enough to start running into the same leaf resold by a different company. It gets very difficult to tell whether or not you’re about to order something new to you!
This is such a great tea, I need to reorder some.
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