Golden Monkey (Jin Hou)

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Baked Bread, Grain, Honey, Potato, Cocoa, Malt, Orange Zest, Stewed Fruits, Vanilla, Chocolate
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 7 oz / 221 ml

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Our Monkey has everything a high–grade Fujian black tea should offer. Careful plucking of leaf and bud, followed by able processing yields a blend of short dark leaves flecked with golden buds. A full–bodied cup offering rich flavors of malt and a wonderful fragrance. This tea can take milk and sugar. Use 2-3 grams of leaf and steep for 2–3 minutes in water just under boiling.

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28 tasting notes

There are already a lot of reviews for this tea, so I will keep this short. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable and multifaceted black teas I have ever come across. Yes, the notes of chocolate and spice are pronounced, but not overpowering. For me, nothing about it is too bitter or too sweet. It lends itself well for many arrangements: plain, with milk and/or sugar, with added spice as a chai…and here is one more instrumentation you may not have thought of: as a vodka infusion! Steeping the tea in the alcohol brings out those malty cocoa and spice flavors BIG TIME.

Below is the recipe I used from I cut the recipe in about a third to yield a smaller quantity, but probably still used just over 2 tsp of the tea (2.5 – 3 tsp). My only additional recommendation is to use quality vodka, not anything bottom shelf or watery. As with most drinks, the higher quality, the better. By the way, this goes perfect with cuisine from the northern parts of the silk road – Russian zakuski – Na Zdorovie!

750 mL neutral-tasting vodka (a.k.a. “a fifth”)
6 level teaspoons good quality black tea leaves
Simple syrup (optional, to taste)

1. Using a funnel, place the tealeaves into the bottle of vodka. If necessary, lightly crush them first or use a chopstick to fit them through the funnel and into the bottle.
2. Replace the cap of the bottle and shake well.
3. Steep for about 18 hours, or to taste.
4. Pour the mixture through a strainer and funnel into a different bottle. (If you plan to add simple syrup, use a larger bottle.)
5. Discard the tealeaves. Add simple syrup to the remaining solution if desired.
6. Serve straight, on the rocks or as a base for more complex cocktails.

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45 tasting notes

2011 Harvest. This is a great tea with a strong chocolate aroma and flavor with a rich mouth-feel. Smooth. Stands in stark contrast to the somewhat spicy black teas that many people are accustomed to. Definitely worth trying.

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28 tasting notes

This is currently my favorite of all red teas and is what I tend to have when I get up in the morning. It has a rich, warm, round flavor that is heartening.

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7 tasting notes

I ordered this for my partner about 2 months ago and just got on this website and now am reveiwing it.

Long story short, DRINK IT! It is very good and tastes like butter, smooth and a bit sweet. THe color is dark and I brewed it for about 2 minutes at a big pot on the stove, without letting it boil though. I ended up liking it so much I made it again with milk and agave, which was perfect for this tea.

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14 tasting notes

A truly classic tea with great energy – the taste is subtle yet satisfying. It’s also beautiful to brew, and you can see the tiny fibers from the leaves.

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786 tasting notes

This was one of two samples given out by Silk Road at their fantastic tasting session at the Northwest Tea Festival. This and a Dragonwell sample. I let Mom have the Dragonwell since that is one of her favorite greens and chances are good that with my black balanced palate these days it would just be wasted on me. :)

Hay, malt, dust, scent like smoke in the bag but cocoa once steeped. Lightly sweet. Not as over the top malty as some GM I’ve had. This is a more subtle cup with just a tail end hint of dryness – which could well be due to my Western style steeping. It is priced in the same range as Harney’s GM and even just a tad cheaper. I’m not sure it would replace Harney’s or Teavivre’s but if I were dedicated to getting the free shipping at Silk Road I’d certainly put this on the order!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

sounds lovely but your Mom is right too because dragonwell is kind of green heaven even if i am a “black palate” like you.


Well, she has more from another source so I’ll have to be sure to try it. :)


Hope you enjoyed the Festival.


It was very enjoyable, packed to the rafters and very instructive, thanks, boychik. Now I need to get to one in NY someday… :)


Next year, please. Oh it was so much fun. I think I will get VIP ticket to get earlier. The line was like all around the block and I came 1hr before reg ppl could get in. Was it crowded too?


The line was out the door and while we waited only about 15 minutes right at the opening, the organizers said some people were waiting up to 1.5 hours. They really exceeded all their expectations this year, getting their anticipated entire weekend attendance on Saturday alone. I haven’t heard back about what the attendance actually was but when visiting one of the exhibitor’s shops on Sunday evening she said they gave out 1400 samples of cake!

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More black tea! This one is from Blodeuyn. I’ve had a couple of Golden Monkey teas in the past, so we’ll see how this one compares to them. The leaves are thin and wiry, and about half golden in color. Dry scent is very grainy with hay and a little bit of honey. I steeped a teaspoon of leaf for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Brewed, this tea smells like french fries! There’s also some bread and rich molasses, and maybe a touch of dark fruity aroma. Oh my goodness, it tastes just like french fries! That’s certainly a flavor I’ve never encountered before… There’s some thick breadiness backing it up, and perhaps the slightest touch of honey. Otherwise, all french fries! :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain, Honey, Potato

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

That’s the first French Fries note I have seen describing tea!! lol


wow, french fries? That’s a first for me too.

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257 tasting notes

The dry leaves are golden and dark black/brown twisty threads that smell of orange, malt, cocoa.
The liquor smells sweet like stewed fruit, honey, cocoa,,,smells so heavenly.
I tasted this at two minutes and it was really delicious and still see-thru so I took it to another minute. It gave the tea a dark coffee look after that and the flavor was a deep, rich sorghum. I liked both two minutes and three minutes but I think I liked two minutes for this one the best.

Second Steeping—I gave the leaves another steep and stopped at two minutes. Yum Yum this brought out more malt and vanilla to the flavors.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Orange Zest, Stewed Fruits, Vanilla

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

wow sounds so good:)


It was good,,,it was a sample size,, I should have gotten more :( lol


have you tried fr Teavivre?


When I ordered from them I was not as “in” to black tea and so I thought I liked Da Hong Pao for a darker tea. I now realize that I love the golden leaves and Yunnans so much!! Along with my white & green teas :)


teavivre is amazing in quality and price wise. And they have such an awesome sales in July(anniversary like 30-40% off) and Black Friday. unbelievable …


i can send you a sample

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3 tasting notes

This was the first loose tea I have ever purchased. When I saw that the Prez had it in the White House, then I had to have it too. Perfect malty taste, earthy undertones at times. Sweet tasting and wonderful color. I made the mistake of ordering from another place at a higher price (dont ask me why, got sucked into the hype). It did not taste the same.
This is my go to tea when I want to relax, dare I say my favorite. I highly recommend.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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12 tasting notes

Nice light (kinda earthy) aroma, with a great strong tasting body. No bitterness at all, as others have stated.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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