What is Golden Monkey Tea?

Also known as Panyong Wang, this black tea is from mountains at 3000 feet above sea level in the Fujian province of China and is considered to be one of the finest black teas. With the hairy golden tips and the shape of the leaves, Golden Monkey tea was named for its resemblance to monkey paws. 

Each spring, the tea is hand-processed by carefully picking one tea leaf and one bud (as opposed to the standard of picking the top two tea leaves and one bud.) Due to the high concentration of tips or leaf buds, this tea tends to be more expensive than a typical black tea.

What does Golden Monkey tea taste like?

Teavana's tea had simply a malty aroma and flavor with a very light honey sweetness. Ours goes beyond with the flavor of roasted apples, walnut, cocoa, and spice notes giving it a sweet and savory aroma with a rich, coating texture and a smooth, delicate mouthfeel. 

Only the buds that have reached the fullest stage before opening to a leaf are picked as they contain more sugar at this point. (The sugar is stored in the bud to help grow the full leaf). This results in a tea that tends to be sweeter and less astringent than most black teas, because of its lower tannin content. 

Caffeine-level of Panyong Wang tea: High

Because of the concentration of tips or buds, it tends to have more caffeine than other similar black teas, as the tips have a higher content of caffeine.

How to brew Golden Monkey Tea

We recommend a steep at 212° for 3 minutes for the first steep. 

Every tea is different when it comes to brewing time. Vary the steeping time based on your own personal taste to discover its unique character on subsequent infusions. Golden Monkey is a complex black tea that can be enjoyed for multiple infusions.

Ingredients: Golden Monkey Tea

Type: Black Tea

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