Golden Monkey King Tea
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Golden Monkey King Tea is fit for royalty. It is the “King” of all Black Teas and is grown in one of the best tea-growing regions of the world, the Yunnan province, China. Golden Monkey King Tea consists of a very attractive, large and twisted black leaf with an immense amount of golden tip. The liquor is deep and rich with a beautifully mellow and distinct caramel flavour.
For those who consider themselves health-conscious, Golden Monkey King Tea can potentially improve your everyday way of life when consumed on a frequent basis alongside a lifestyle deemed already “healthy”. Golden Monkey King Tea can improve cardiovascular health, boost the metabolism, promote the immune system, reduce the risks of developing Type II Diabetes, enhance cognitive function, and offer stress relief. Most of all, however, Golden Monkey King Tea tastes great.
The Yunnan province is famous for its vast wilderness and ancient settlements including Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang’s Old Town respectively. The production of Black Tea is a relatively recent phenomenon in Yunnan, beginning in the 1930’s in the wake of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). As provinces in the southeast of China became war zones, Yunnan’s newly established Black Tea Industry flourished under the guidance of Feng Shao Qiu and Zheng Hechun, two representatives of the China Tea Corporation.
In order to arrive in the Yunnan province, however, Feng and Zheng first took a three-day steam train to Xiaguan and from there they walked almost fifteen days across treacherous mountain ranges and sections of the Mekong river. By November, they had arrived in Shunning (present-day Fengqing) where they collected various samples of Black and Green Tea from the area. The following month the Yunnan Tea Trading Corporation was founded and from 1939 to 1941, the Shunning Experimental Tea Factory produced 110 tonnes of gongfu Black Tea.
Over the next few months and years, reports were flooding in that the large leaf tea varieties from the region were comparable in quality to the leaves used in Darjeeling Tea and Anhui-produced Keemun Tea. Production expanded soon after. From 1952 to 2009, export figures show that Yunnan Black Tea production grew steadily (but very consistently) from 430 tonnes in 1952 to 2,435 tonnes in 1963, 4,865 tonnes in 1974, 5,775 tonnes in 1985, and 6,000 tonnes in 2009. Today, the Yunnan Province is one of the most famous black tea-growing areas in the world. Our Golden Monkey King Tea stands testament to its success.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Yunnan province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider the additions of milk, sugar, honey or lemon, or alternatively, serve it black.
Tasting Notes: Golden Monkey King Tea offers an indulgent chocolatey aroma, the notes of which transcend in flavour, leaving an equally chocolatey aftertaste. It also boasts malty, smoky undertones and all in all, is scrumptious!
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor with orange highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits: If the taste of Golden Monkey King Tea alone doesn’t put a smile on your face, then its ability to improve oral health certainly will. In fact, a collaborative study conducted in conjunction with the US University of Iowa and the Institute of Odontology at Göteborg University, Sweden, has discovered the plaque-fighting capabilities of any Black Tea!
Participants in the U.S. division of the study were given Black Tea to rinse their mouth with for 30 seconds, five times, waiting three minutes between each rinse. The reasoning for this was to simulate the effect of sipping tea. The Swedish division, meanwhile, saw volunteers rinse their mouth with Black Tea for one minute, 10 times a day. Both co-operating studies discovered that the more participants rinsed, the more their plaque and bacteria levels fell.
The research indicated that the Polyphenolic compounds in all types of Black Tea - including, of course, Golden Monkey King Tea - can kill or suppress cavity-causing bacteria from either growing or producing harmful acid.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon