China Panyang Wu-Yi Golden Monkey (ZP76)

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From Upton Tea Imports

The venerable lineage of this fine selection originates in the 18th century. Its enticing flavor has a well rounded cup with complex flavor, including notes of red wine, malt, and a delicate chocolate-like nuance. A truly fine selection in this popular style of China Congou.

Steeping Suggestions: – Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 4-5 min.

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SIPDOWN! yes that’s right…until i have to leave we’re going to see a bunch of these lol I planned out all my teas last night so that i can get to 190 or explode trying haha

Dropping the rating on this one a little since the last time i drank this as there’s an astringency here that i don’t like that much especially when comparing it to the other black im also drinking (just for you whatshesaid)
I really like the aroma of this tea and the initial sips, but then there’s a taste in the back end that isn’t all that wonderful and ruins the sip for me.

I have to say though, that this is why i love upton samples. They’re great value since even me and my giant cups can get 2-3 cups out of them and while the packages aren’t resealable, they keep the smells out very well with just a bit of tape to hold them closed. While i don’t love most of their flavoured teas (the tisanes are ok) i really like that i can try out a HUGE list of straight teas. I also love that they put the packaging date on the lable AND if you’re doing a shared order you can add the names to the labels so that when they arrive you just put the teas away according to the name on the label :)


Yeah, their website kills me, but the samples and the labeling are awesome. I love ordering like 20 samples and getting that big box in the mail. It’s like christmas since I normally have forgotten what all I added to my cart so each time I pull out a a tea I’m stoked all over again.


haha yeah their website is pretty old school ghetto but it’s great AND not sure if it’s still the case, but their brew baskets were the cheapest out there since they’ve been on sale since like christmas?


Hee- planning your samples is exactly what I would do. Hope you make it! It’s been fun watching your numbers drop.


lol well i aim to amuse. If i wanted to cheat, technically according to my steepster cupboard i’m at 186 right now…but there are 10 teas that i’m not putting into my steepster cupboard because they’re randoms from china…so 6 more to go!

Terri HarpLady

Wow, I just visited the upton page, & I see what you guys are talking about. It’s really kind of overwhelming!


Terri – they will send you a paper catalog if you request it which, while it kills trees, I find MUCH easier to flip through and figure out orders with before using the website.

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Tea of the morning…..

I love that Upton labels tea, including samples with the date you ordered them. I must have been shuffling this sample around in my stash since last June. It fared better than most as I gave a ton of unopened samples to my knitting friends since the kidney stone last fall. This one definitely held interest for me to keep it around that long. Unfortunately, Upton no longer has it in stock, but that does not mean I cannot enjoy this while I have it.

Leaves are pretty short like a BOP. There are a few golden tips, hence the name. It must just be a lower grade of golden monkey. Right now, I am just kind of sad I did not try this sooner, because I know I would have bought some. It is very good. Smooth, malty, cocoa noted. Yum!

I love it when Upton gets interesting black teas in. I have about 4 more samples to try from my last order and they include a black monkey, a black tie guan yin, and another snail tea. Bliss for a China black tea drinker.

Usual teapot method.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the afternoon here and another small sample from Upton.

I wasn’t sure about their suggested steeping parameters since 4-5 minutes seems like a long time for a Chinese tea. I settled on 2 minutes for mine and this seems to have been a good choice. This is a little darker than some Golden Monkeys I’ve had in the past. It has some gentle malt and cocoa notes along with a bit of winey-ness but there’s not bitterness or astringency anywhere, just a nice flavorful cup! My favorite Golden Monkey is Red Blossom’s version but this is good too. I decided to steep the leaves for a 2nd time at 4 minutes and that was good as well. Equally good neat or with a splash of soymilk.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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