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Last Updated: Sep. 13, 2017 

About Golden Monkey

Narrow, curvy loose tea leaves showing mix of black and orange colorsPhoto of Leaf of Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas by A Girl With Tea, Photo © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Golden monkey, also called by its Chinese name jin hou, is a tippy black tea that originated in Fujian province in China.

According to the Harney and Sons Guide to Tea, Golden Monkey is made from the da bai or "big white" varietal of the tea plant, one typically used for white tea.[1] Canton Tea Co, however, reports that this type of tea is from the Xiao Cai cultivar. The tea is made from one leaf and a bud, in contrast to the standard plucking of the top two leaves and a bud. The harvest is timed to allow the buds to grow as large as possible while still remaining tender[1].

This tea tends to have a sweeter flavor and lower astringency than most black teas, owning to its lower tannin content. Its aroma is typically fruity, with tones of cocoa. The fruitiness is often compared to peach, apple, or dried fruit such as raisins.

Although it is a black tea, the tips in its dry leaf have a golden color, hence the name. The name may also originate from a golden rim around the liquor in the brewed cup.[2] Golden monkey tends to be more expensive than a typical black tea due to its high concentration of tips or leaf buds. It is also tends to have more caffeine than other similar black teas, as the tips are higher in caffeine.

Relationship to Panyang Congou

According to James Norwood Pratt, this tea originated in Tanyang (Panyong) village in the Minbei region, and was developed for export to Europe.[2] Sometimes this type of tea is marketed as Panyong congou or Panyong wang, referencing its town of origin. These Panyong teas however are a broader category, also including teas that do not have as much golden tip.

We classify teas in the panyang congou category if they are not marketed as golden monkey, or if they are teas from this region in this style that do not have a golden color and/or consist mostly of tips.

Other Similar Black Teas With Gold Tips

Golden monkey is distinct from golden needle tea, a black tea made exclusively of buds, and is also distinct from Yunnan gold, a similar tea from Yunnan province. Yunnan gold shares some qualities in common with Golden monkey, but has a distinct aroma and flavor, and is often described as having a peppery quality.

Sometimes companies market teas from Yunnan province as Golden Monkey, usually without providing any information as to style or varietal; in the absence of any further information, we usually list these teas as Golden Monkey, but they may be mis-labelled Yunnan Golds. Uncommonly, the term "golden monkey" is also applied high grades of Keemun that is rich in golden tips and has a similar appearance.

References

1. Michale Harney, Harney and Sons Guide to Tea, 2008.


2. James Norwood Pratt, Tea Dictionary, 2010, pp. 119.


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Golden Monkey Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China
Feb. 11th, 2018

Very nice tea! Tastes almost exactly like the wild lapsang souchong to me but is a bit fruitier! I will definitely be getting some more on Amazon soon!

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96 / 100
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This tea is absolutely sublime, but has a price tag to match.

I was wandering around Chicago's Chinatown yesterday looking for interesting tea and saw a display of Prince of Peace's premium "gift box" teas. At $19.99 for 150g, I was worried that the quality wouldn't match the price, but decided to try it anyway. I w...

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94 / 100
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Golden Monkey from Harney and Sons

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China
Mar. 24th, 2016

Truly superb! I haven't tried that many Golden Monkey teas, but after brewing this one multiple times, I think it is my favorite. Its leaf is packed with flavor and, although it had the smoothness of other golden monkey teas, I found it had a strength that was lacking from other examples of this style that I had tried...

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90 / 100
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Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China
Jan. 20th, 2016

High quality tea but quite expensive. Can easily get two infusions of great tasting tea. Recommend adding teaspoon of Tupelo honey. My favorite of all teas.

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70 / 100
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Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China
Oct. 6th, 2015

I should preface this by saying that I do not particularly enjoy black tea in general. Usually I drink white and green tea. That being said, I do enjoy this once in a while. The aroma is mild and somewhat nutty. The flavor is full and very smooth with almost no astringency. There are also undertones of nuts (perhaps ha...

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