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type: black

origin: china

caffeine: strong

price level: $$$$

Golden Monkey or Jin Hou is a famous Chinese black tea whose leaves are said to resemble monkey paws. Golden Monkey originates from the Fujian province of China and is hand-processed each spring with careful plucking of only one leaf and one bud. This Golden Monkey is sweet and very "nosy": savory roasted apples, palm sugar, walnut, cocoa, rye and spice notes that linger as you sip. Rich, coating texture and very smooth, soft mouthfeel are both signs of a quality Jin Hou. This is a very complex black tea and can be enjoyed in multiple infusions, a real treat for black tea lovers. Steep at 212°F for 3-5 minutes

Recent reviews

    • 

      A great black tea with a hint of chocolate in the flavors.

    • 

      Superb most of the time. For those who find it astringent steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Most black teas I do for 5, but I go less with this one. I will try the Harney and Sons one someday, but costs twice as much, and hard to believe it could be better.

    • WF

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      I liked it. Not as good as other golden black teas available, but still worth a shot. Still worth a shot in case you like it more than I did

    • 

      Love this golden monkey, there is a sweetness to it that is lovely, a hint of honey

    • 

      It's very savory. Has a bit of a plum/fruity after taste. It's got some nice cinnamon spiciness to it. Has a bit of a honey flavor.

    • 

      Very astringent to me and I don’t get much other flavor but a bitter walnut that I didn’t enjoy

    • 

      One of my favorite teas. Mild yet a smooth delicious flavor, hard to describe but I love it!

    • CK

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      This is an excellent single-ingredient tea! Definitely one of my favorites out of all the single-ingredient Adagio teas I've tried. It's balanced and a little sweet, perfect to set you up for a great day.

    • MA

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      This tea had the earthiness of other authentic Chinese teas. It brews nicely.

    • 

      I really enjoyed this. It has subtle spice notes. Like caraway.....

    • 

      I noticed fruit notes in the dry leaves--raisin and lemon. The brewed tea was perky, and, unlike most black teas, I found it enjoyable without milk or sugar.

    • 

      I love the golden look of this tea. I steeped it twice, 3 and 4 minutes at a near boil. When I sipped it before adding anything to it my amateur taste really didn't pick up any flavor. I added a bit of sugar and it brought out a smoothness and flavor that was lighter than the Scottish Breakfast (I know that's a mix but I don't really have anything else to compare it to). Whereas the Scottish Breakfast would be a brisk wake-up call, this tea see, to be able to achieve the same goal but in a calmer way - if that makes any sense. I didn't get any bitterness from this.

    • 

      The smell is rich and chocolatey. It tastes earthy with hints of cocoa or maybe caramel. The taste is more complex and the sweeter notes stand out more with a little sugar added.

    • 

      I didn't love this, it's overly astringent, like a black walnut, only not nearly as creamy or sweet. I shouldn't have to add sugar to a good black tea, but this needs it.

    • 

      Strong, bold, and smooth. The taste was like biting into a very dark chocolate with cocoa nibs and walnuts. Absolutely delicious.

    • 

      I am a big fan of Dian Hongs and didn't want to like this Fujian as much as I did. It is EXCELLENT.

    • MJ

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      Bold and complex, I absolutely love this tea. Certainly one of my favorites, at the very least!

    • BD

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      A very bold tea. Highly caffeinated and great for the morning.

    • JG

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      My favorite, Rich and robust. Great tea to start the day

    • 

      Rich, bold flavor and a very energizing amount of caffeine

    • 

      Fruity and earthy at the same time. This tea is not monkeying around!

    • 

      This is one of my favorite teas. It has a full, balanced flavor. This is a great breakfast tea and can be enjoyed over multiple infusions.