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No. 30 - Monkey Picked Golden Tea

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Hunan's mountain climate accents the distinctive mellow, light oaky cup. The finish has a delicious lingering toast character.

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Before brewing this tea we would like to offer a warning: Prepare yourself for what may be the best cup of tea you've ever had in your life! Without word of a lie, this is a truly fabulous brew. The tea itself is grown in the mountainous growing region of Hunan province, well known throughout China as the "Tea Country in the South." Tea production is spread throughout the province with plantations and factories in almost every county, town, and village. Hunan province has been well known for centuries for producing some of China's finest teas - we're proud to offer this hand made Monkey Picked Golden as one of the best examples of the quality this region has to offer.

In some regions of Hunan province, ancient local custom held that the first plucking of the tea bushes were to be picked by monkeys. This was due in part to their dexterity, which enabled them to pluck the highly delicate leaves, and also because it was believed that they brought good luck and would ensure an excellent harvesting season.

Upon opening the bag, the first thing you'll notice is the golden color of the leaves - this is the color of the very top new buds of the tea bushes. These are plucked very early in the morning and then hand sorted during production. As you reach into the bag, run some of the leaf through your fingers. You will find them to be exceptionally delicate with a slight fuzzy feel to them - you can be sure that with leaf of this quality this tea is going to brew a very flavorful and delicate cup. And what a flavorful cup it is - mellow, with hints of oak and a savory mellow and toasty finish. This brew is to tea what the finest Bordeaux is to wine - pour a cup, sit back and enjoy.

Additional Information

Ingredients Black tea
Product of: China
Region(s) Hunan Provence
Antioxidants High
Caffeine Medium
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk Yes
Sugar Yes
Lemon Yes
Mint Yes
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Not Available
Western Method (Water Amount) 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 212 F / 100 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 Teaspoon
Western Method (Time) 3-7 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No