Golden Monkey

Origin: Yunnan Province

Product Details

Our Golden Monkey Tea is grown on a relatively small terraced tea garden that ranges from 600 to 1,500 meters (call it half a mile or so) above sea level in the rugged mountains in the southwest corner of Yunnan Province in CangYuan Township–just a few short miles from the border with Burma.

Golden Monkey is a well known tea in China, but not one produced in great quantities. It's origins are relatively recent -  approximately 300 years ago in Panyang, Fujian. Features include the use of only the tea bud and first leaf, full oxidation, with the resultant golden tips that provide much of the tea’s color and distinctive flavor profiles.

And about that flavor? Just.....wow. Though not a powerful tea like Gunpowder Green or Lapsang Souchong, there is a lot of depth to this sweet and fruity black tea. It’s complex and yet the flavor seems familiar. This is comfort tea, which is one reason the Golden teas have been enjoyed both within and without China for several centuries now. 

Golden Monkey is available by 1.75 oz tin or by the pound. Wondering if you'll like it? Try a taste! Tasting samples are available for all our teas and good for two cups.

 

See Brewing Guidelines for more information.

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Delicious!

Very satisfied with this tea.

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Golden Monkey

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Golden Monkey Makes For a Glorious, Golden Morning!

This is high quality, addictively delicious medium strength black tea, and a very pleasant 'wake-up' tea for me. This tea is very hard to find a a reasonable price in combination with high quality. I am thrilled that Little Red Cup decided to carry it, and they nailed finding the best of the best!

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Golden Monkey

Very mild with a great taste. I’m glad I tried it.

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M.M.
Lots of steeps. Couldn't stop smelling the leaves.

I really like this tea. I was super excited to order a sample as soon as I heard about it. I'm no expert, but I was able to get twice as many steeps from this tea than I usually do from others. I imagine this tea would probably do well when steeped gongfu style. Also, I really enjoyed smelling the leaves in the pot. I plan to order this again the next time I replenish my tea stash. Thanks for bringing it in.

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M.C.
Two Thumbs Up... From the President of the Company

We looked at a lot of teas while trying to source this, and most, frankly, did not meet our standards. A few were close. But only this tea hit all the marks. Packing the Golden Monkey tins yesterday I was amazed by the fragrance, which I would call sweet and chocolatey (your experience may vary!). And this morning when I came into the kitchen and was trying to decide on which tea I wanted for that first pot, I was inspired to reach for this tea. I've been drinking it all day and my fourth large mug is just as marvelous as the first.
There is a little bit of a paradox about this tea. Technically it is a Black Tea, in the same category as our former Keemun Black, which I described as "a classic black Chinese Restaurant tea--except good." But this tea is nothing like that, nor our WuYuan Black. Taken together with our profoundly smoky Lapsang Souchong and our Yunnan Black, this tea illustrates just how broad the category of Black Tea really is.
Despite being so unlike the more standard black teas, this tea seems familiar-- it's not the least bit strange, though it is delightful. We are *really* excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to add this tea to your cupboard or tea tray, and completely confident that if you like black teas in general that you will really enjoy this variety.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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(6)
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L
L.F.
Delicious!

Very satisfied with this tea.

T
T.S.

Golden Monkey

B
B.H.M.
Golden Monkey Makes For a Glorious, Golden Morning!

This is high quality, addictively delicious medium strength black tea, and a very pleasant 'wake-up' tea for me. This tea is very hard to find a a reasonable price in combination with high quality. I am thrilled that Little Red Cup decided to carry it, and they nailed finding the best of the best!

E
E.G.
Golden Monkey

Very mild with a great taste. I’m glad I tried it.

M
M.M.
Lots of steeps. Couldn't stop smelling the leaves.

I really like this tea. I was super excited to order a sample as soon as I heard about it. I'm no expert, but I was able to get twice as many steeps from this tea than I usually do from others. I imagine this tea would probably do well when steeped gongfu style. Also, I really enjoyed smelling the leaves in the pot. I plan to order this again the next time I replenish my tea stash. Thanks for bringing it in.

M
M.C.
Two Thumbs Up... From the President of the Company

We looked at a lot of teas while trying to source this, and most, frankly, did not meet our standards. A few were close. But only this tea hit all the marks. Packing the Golden Monkey tins yesterday I was amazed by the fragrance, which I would call sweet and chocolatey (your experience may vary!). And this morning when I came into the kitchen and was trying to decide on which tea I wanted for that first pot, I was inspired to reach for this tea. I've been drinking it all day and my fourth large mug is just as marvelous as the first.
There is a little bit of a paradox about this tea. Technically it is a Black Tea, in the same category as our former Keemun Black, which I described as "a classic black Chinese Restaurant tea--except good." But this tea is nothing like that, nor our WuYuan Black. Taken together with our profoundly smoky Lapsang Souchong and our Yunnan Black, this tea illustrates just how broad the category of Black Tea really is.
Despite being so unlike the more standard black teas, this tea seems familiar-- it's not the least bit strange, though it is delightful. We are *really* excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to add this tea to your cupboard or tea tray, and completely confident that if you like black teas in general that you will really enjoy this variety.