Organic Golden Monkey, First Pick

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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From Red Blossom Tea Company

Our Organic Golden Monkey, First Pick comes from an organic tea garden on Jiulong Hill, in the eastern part of the Wuyi Mountain range. The area sees abundant rainfall, the climate is moist, the environment pure and the resulting tea leaves and its craftsmanship, exquisite.

Picked in mid-March 2010, it is the first harvest of the season, produced from leaves of the Fu’an Da Bai, Fuyun and Zhenghe Da Bai varietals. Only the top buds with one or two leaves are used, each bud and leaf combination carefully hand-picked then just as carefully withered, rolled, oxidized, roasted, shaped and then dried.

The resulting tea is as beautiful as it is delicious, more than 75% of the dry tea is comprised of golden leaf buds – hand twisted and curled to resemble the silhouette of a golden monkey. Both buds and leaves are whole and distinct, each slender twist no longer than a finger nail. Once infused, the orange colored liquor of the tea is no less exquisite, with a sensuously buttery and captivatingly sweet flavor and an aroma that carries notes of caramel, orange marmalade and sweet potato pie.

Water Temperature: 205°, or near boiling

Brewing Instructions: Use 2 teaspoons (3 for a medium sized pot). Rinse tea for 1 second. Discard rinse water. Steep for 2 minutes. May be infused multiple times.

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Absolutely divine Chinese black tea, shockingly sweet and smooth, smells and tastes a bit like vanilla.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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What a beautiful tea two small leaves and a bud with lots of orange tips. Sweet flavor of malt and grains in initial infusions. Scent of cocoa on the lid of guiwan but no flavor of chocolate in the liquor. Subsequent infusions become more fruity with notes of orange pith . On this day it is hard to imagine a better black tea. It does seem to give up after about 4 infusions though but sublime up until that point.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Gongfu – steeped in the hongcha yixing.

I don’t remember much about this session, it was a little later in the day and in all honesty it was also a bit rushed. I wanted to get one last black tea in before I lost all natural light for the evening. It was delicious, but if I’m recalling correctly very typical Golden Monkey notes. Sweet, rich, malty, smooth, chocolate – y’know, all the things. Great tasting tea, doesn’t last all that long Gongfu. Maybe three good infusions, one bad.


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