Golden Monkey tea

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Golden Monkey tea (Chinese: 金猴茶; pinyin: jīn hóu chá) is the name of a black tea originating from the Fujian and Yunnan provinces in China. Only the bud and first leaf are picked, and the tea leaves are characterized by the pale gold threading. Golden Monkey tea is a black tea counterpart of Silver Needle white tea. The flavor profile of golden monkey tea is characterized by light, honeyed peach notes, and its lack of astringency. This tea is highly prized, as evidenced by its second-place finish in the Signature Famous Teas – Hot Tea Class of the 2009 World Tea Championship.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Golden Monkey Tea is a type of black tea. The invention of black tea can be explained through the Wuyi theory.[citation needed] The emperor demanded the production of loose leaf tea. During the many attempts in creating this loose leaf tea, the tea leaves would turn red, as a sign of fermentation and so, black tea was known as red tea in China because of its red colour.[citation needed]

Another story in the creation of black tea took place in the 16th century. An army of soldiers passed through the village and stopped the production of green tea.[citation needed] The soldiers made beds out of piles of tea leaves, when they left the village, the tea leaves had turned black.[citation needed] Tea processing continued with these black leaves, and black tea was born[citation needed]

Golden Monkey Tea[edit]

This tea is hand-processed each spring by carefully plucking its leaves and buds.[1] It is considered one of the finest black teas available.[2] The name of the tea comes from the leaves that resemble monkey claws.[3] Golden Monkey leaves are grown at the altitudes of 1200 metres.[4] This tea comes from the Yunnan province; a mountainous, cloudy and misty province. It has grown tea for 1700 years.[5] During ancient times, Golden Monkey was consumed by local landlords and Taipans. Due to the rarity of the tea, the Taipans believed that it had special powers. The Taipans claimed that it provided them with agility and sexual powers.[citation needed]

Despite the fact that it has been growing for 1700 years, Golden Monkey is a relatively new tea.[6] It has only been developed for exporting for 13–18 years.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ T7 Tea. "Golden Monkey Black Tea". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ T7 Tea. "Golden Monkey Black Tea". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ T7 Tea. "Golden Monkey Black Tea". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stash: Golden Monkey Black Tea". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stash: Golden Monkey Black Tea". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Mystery Behind China's Black Tea Production". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Mystery Behind China's Black Tea Production". Retrieved 4 April 2013.