The Incomparable Golden Monkey—
Due to high quality and exquisite taste, Golden monkey is sometimes referred to as ‘King of Panyong Congou’.
After a painstaking, labor-intensive production process, this tea is hand sorted to ensure beautiful leaf appearance.
The leaves are curly, wiry and well twisted, with a high percentage of tip evident. ‘Tip’ refers to the tip of new shoots. During the manufacturing process these tips turn a gold brown color. ‘Tippy tea’ is an indication of exceptional quality and highly selective grading, usually available only in the first few weeks of the new season. Early teas are the rarest, have the most flavor, often sought out by tea connoisseurs.
Panyong congou teas are mainly produced in the mountainous region of Fu’an county and Shounin county. The finished teas are made from a local variety of tea bush that is known for its rich aroma, sweet, honey-like taste, golden color and well-twisted tippy leaf.
To brew this incomparable, naturally sweet aromatic tea: Begin with water at precisely 180 degrees Fahrenheit and steep one flat teaspoon per 8oz of water. Since Golden Monkey holds so much flavor, you can resteep the same spoon up to seven times… be sure not to toss the leaves after one brew!
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