Chinese Black Tea: Golden Monkey, Keemun Mao Feng, and Yunnan Gold
Chinese black teas are mellow, pleasant and full-bodied. They have a remarkable sweetness, and are unlikely to become bitter.
China is exalted as the birthplace of tea. The country’s expansive borders include many regions that produce distinct styles of black tea. The rich soil, altitude, temperature and rainfall all influence the flavor of the teas.
Black tea was first produced in China in the early 1600s. The early tea growers and producers found that letting the tea oxidize completely created rich, malty and sweet flavors. Also, black teas don’t deteriorate quickly and were able to be compressed into bricks to transport.
Golden Monkey Chinese Black Tea
This black tea hails from the Fujian Province in China. Fujian Province, on the southeastern coast of China, is a tropical climate, mountainous and the perfect place to grow tea. Plentiful rain, rich soil and mild temperatures all work together to create remarkable tea. Golden Monkey is typically picked during spring, then the leaves are withered, rolled and dried.
Golden Monkey features large leaves interspersed with golden tips. It produces a balanced level of complexity with a hint of honey.
Organic Golden Monkey
This cup is mellow with notes of roasted cane sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, leather and caramel. The soft mouthfeel imparts a honey-like sweetness and satisfying aftertaste. This complex flavor profile is a real treat for black tea enthusiasts and can be enjoyed in multiple infusions.
Keemun Mao Feng Chinese Black Tea
Keemun black tea has a rather short history, first produced in the 1870s. This distinctive tea from China is highly regarded as one of the top-quality black tea around the globe, and Keemuns are often compared to Burgundy wines. The tea has a rich, full-bodied flavor profile with both sweetness and malt.
Organic Keemun Mao Feng
Our bold Organic Keemun Mao Feng is perfect for those who love the rich taste of whiskey, or a dark stout beer. This malty tea is robust enough to take milk but is delicate and has enough finesse to enjoy on its own. Its flavor is strong and enticing, with a balance of assertive pine smoke, sweet stone fruit, cocoa powder and rich malt. Its surprisingly smooth taste melds into lasting notes of sweetness and smoke, with a floral hint in the background.
Yunnan Gold Chinese Black Tea
Yunnan Gold black tea is widely enjoyed as a breakfast black tea. Grown at a high elevation, the leaves are large and brew into a full-flavored cup in a rich, auburn shade. Yunnan teas are often held to age a bit. The leaf offers a complexity in flavor with a molasses-like sweetness, a subtle creaminess.
Organic Royal Yunnan Gold
This organic black tea grows in the Yunnan Province, the birthplace of tea. Nuanced, our Royal Golden Yunnan holds the lushness, beauty and power of its homeland in every leaf. It is sweet, bold and supremely satisfying. As you sip, look for sweet notes of malt, spice and dark chocolate.