Gold Monkey

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  • “I've had two Golden Monkeys over the last two days one was definitely a Fujian and then this one which I believe is from Yunnan though it's origin wasn't marked either at the store or online. I...” Read full tasting note
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With the appearance look like gold monkey, the processed tea leaves of this tea has a very beautiful gold color, covered by very fine pekoe, and the shape is slightly twisted and long. The tea liquid is light brown and the after tea leaves brown. This tea is famous for its unique appearance, high fragrance and sweet favor. It is a high quality Gongfu Black Tea.

4g tea leaves / 400ml 95-100˚C water /1 minute (repeat infusion)

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I’ve had two Golden Monkeys over the last two days one was definitely a Fujian and then this one which I believe is from Yunnan though it’s origin wasn’t marked either at the store or online. I enjoyed both. They both had cocoa and fruity notes but with different characteristics. This one had deep cocoa notes and a sweet fruit note that reminded me of grape jelly and a floral note of violet. Really interesting and quite nice. Later steeps had notes of malt and light leather notes.

On the website this is only sold in their Classic series. I think they might be low on stock of this harvest as the leaves in my loose package were slightly broken but no matter the tea was quite nice.

About 75% of the tea was pale gold tips and buds. The tea had a deep rich scent of cocoa. I chose to do short steeps with this tea and finished at 9 steeps.

20s brew a lightly perfumed red brown broth with cocoa, plum, raisin and an almost violet like floral note that tastes of cocoa, with sweet fruit almost like grape jelly, honey, floral violet, with malt, smells and tastes more like some Yunnan’s I’ve had than a Fujian tea. Brisk, a little astringent.

25s deeper cocoa, honey jam in background violet strong in scent but less present in taste, more malty.

35s grape jelly, violet and cocoa, malt
45s cocoa, violet, jelly and a hint of leather.
55s cocoa, floral note, leather , hint of jelly. less sweet.
85s cocoa, floral, leather note
110 cocoa toned tea, with some sweetness.
3min cocoa
5min cocoa and vitamin c notes.

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very cool!!!


Jelly! Cocoa! Magic words.


This tea sounds so interesting and you analysis of the tea, makes me so curious that I have you check it out!


sounds like quite the journey!

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